March 2, 2024

The Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt Campus: An Impresionante Milieu of Legal Education in Nigeria

There is no denying how significant a school is in shaping up a student’s holistic learning process. Just as experienced teachers and teaching didactics play critical roles in shaping students’ academic lives, infrastructure is also vital. It creates a favourable milieu for learners’ academic development. 

Good school infrastructure is a key element in the academic voyage. Poor amenities are, thus, a demotivator for students as well as their teachers.

The brand new Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt Campus — the Dr. Nabo Graham-Douglas, SAN Campus — is the Impresionante(spanish- impressive sight, beauty) of legal education in Nigeria thanks to the Governor Nyesome Wike led Rivers State administration.

Law school is designed to enrich the education of future lawyers in terms of their writing, their advocacy skills and their exposure by adopting skill-based, interactive and clinical methods of learning that would adequately prepare them for their roles as lawyers to function as law teachers, advocates, solicitors, advisers, leaders in private and public.sectors.

The most important purpose of law school it to teach students to “think like a lawyer.” This is because the practice of law demands a rigorous, self-critical, creative and empathic mind-set. This is at the very core of a legal education. Why not do so in a super conducive setting?

The Dr. Nabo Graham-Douglas, SAN Law School Campus has answered this question with an emphatic YES.

According to the Commissioner of Works and Housing, Rivers State, Dr. George-Kelly D. Alabo: “There are 15 buildings here, we have 1500 capacity classrooms block with lift, hostel blocks for 1,638 students (3 students per room), a moot court, sickbay, admin block, multi purpose hall that can contain 1500 persons, sport facilities, library, cafeteria, internal roads, street lights, 40,000 gallons tank dedicated fire station, 3 power generators of 1000kva each, and 2.5mva substation.

“We also have well-furnished 16 units of 3- bedroom flat staff quarters located opposite Hotel Presidential, it has a swimming pool, gymnasium, lounge, and a lawn tennis court. The law school buildings and premises are also equipped with CCTV systems for effective security. The project was completed in 10 months,” the Commissioner said.

The Nigerian Law School Port Harcourt, Campus is situate close to Agip Flyover, Abacha Road in the GRA 3. The campus was built at N16billion cost.

It is named in the memory of Dr. Nabo Graham-Douglas, the first Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Rivers State who went on to serve the Yakubu Gowon military administration as Federal Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.

Governor Nyesom Wike had revealed that the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt has been built with self-sustaining mechanism.

The Director-General of Nigerian Law School, Isa Hayatu Chiroma described the Port Harcourt campus as the best and mother of all law school campuses in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, Emeka Ngige, SAN, in his address said “Recall that when we were doing the ground breaking ceremony, His Excellency promised that every month he will give this campus N10million for four years, and will be given in advance, that is about N480 million to run this institution. When I learnt that he had acquired adjoining property; houses, shopping malls and other business facilities for the Law School to rent out to raise revenue to run this institution. I can tell you it is unparalleled.”

What an aesthetically pleasing way to achieve that much sought after intelligent practice of law.

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