Law In A Changing World: Advocating New Pedagogy Of Law In Nigerian Universities

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Journal Title: Indian Politics & Law Review
Author(s): Iyabode Ogunniran
Published On: 07/05/2021
Volume: 6
First Page: 154
Last Page: 174
ISSN: 2581-7086
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Iyabode Ogunniran, Law In A Changing World: Advocating New Pedagogy Of Law In Nigerian Universities, Volume 6, Indian Politics & Law Review, 154-174, Published on 07/05/2021, Available at https://iplr.thelawbrigade.com/article/law-in-a-changing-world-advocating-new-pedagogy-of-law-in-nigerian-universities/

Abstract

The relevance of the University system is construed through global competitiveness and development. There is equally an emerging trend of development being related to world-class manpower trained with the necessary skills through world-class institutions.

The performance indicators of these institutions emphasize teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.  Sadly, Nigerian Universities are not in the top 100 in the world. In the just-released 2021 Web Ranking in Africa, the country ranked 27 with the University of Lagos. Obviously, the present law students will enter a vastly different legal profession requiring different skillsets and competencies.  It is thus imperative for Nigerian Universities to re-align their teaching with these global or even regional trends.

This is particularly significant as the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic has further shown the endemic inadequacies of quality higher education in Nigeria. Hence, the focus of this paper is to analyze the pedagogy techniques, strategies and methodologies that can advance legal education in Nigerian Universities. In addition to the age-long lecture method, the paper proposes teaching techniques that promote active learning like students’ presentations, group work, case methods, class discussions, and assignments.

This includes effective teaching strategies through the use of technology and digital law libraries.  It considers new teaching methodology such as learning theory and learning outcomes. The paper concludes that it is only these changes that can prepare global future lawyers equipped for the 21st century.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Legal Studies, Nigerian Universities

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