The Council of Legal Education, yesterday, released the results of the Bar final examinations it conducted in April and May, 2015 which a total of 1805 candidates failed out of 5588 that sat for the exams.
The Council, in a statement it issued in Abuja yesterday, disclosed that whereas only four candidates made First Class, a total number of 109 candidates made Second Class Upper.
The two exams participated by a total number of 5588 law school students, recorded 64.8% failure.
Giving a breakdown of the results, the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Mr. O. A. Onadeko, revealed that a total number of 2,736 students participated in the Bar final resit examinations for the 2014/2015 school year.
Out of a total number of 1,648 students that were declared successful at the exams, 98 students secured conditional pass, while a total of 990 students failed.
The April results according to the law school DG translates to 60% pass, 3.6% conditional pass and 36.2% failure.
Similarly, the May 2015 Bar Final examinations for Regular Students which had a total of 2, 852 candidates, recorded 815 failure, with four candidates graded in First Class.
Names of the four First Class candidates were given as Sani Fatima Bombom from the Abuja campus of the law school, Mbonu Genevieve Chinyeaka (Lagos Campus), Olowu Adetutu Abisoye (Lagos) and Abajuo Reason Emma from the Enugu Campus.
A total of 109 candidates made Second Class Upper, 418 were graded in Second Class Lower category, 1,422 got Pass, while 83 others secured Conditional Pass.
Onadeko said the May 2015 Bar Final Examinations results translated to 68.5% Pass, 2.9% Conditional Pass and 28.6% failure.
“The call to the Bar ceremonies for the successful candidates will hold from October 20 to 22 , 2015, in Abuja”, he added.
Former Director-General of the school, Chief Kayode Jegede, SAN, who was the longest serving DG had at a point raised an alarm over the falling standard of legal education in the country.
Successive DGs of the institution had expressed similar concern over the declining standard and high failure rates being recorded in the bar exams.
However, a further breakdown of the results revealed that the candidates who had earlier failed the exams in the 2014-2015 session recorded the higher number of failure after resit.
The poor performance of candidates in this category in past bars exams has been attributed to their failure to attend tutorial classes preparatory to their resist exams.
Instead, some of the affected students preferred to read on their own rather than attend the school’s organised compulsory tutorials for resit candidates.