Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly known as Ogun State University) was established in 1982. The University was promoted by the Ogun State Government of Nigeria and is sited at the provincial and very serene and conducive town of Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. The Faculty of Law commenced in 1983. The first set of students was offered admission and began studies in the 1983/1984 academic session.
FACULTY PHILOSOPHYAND OBJECTIVES
Law is the very foundation of every human endeavour. This simple fact underscores the significance of law in relation to the existence of mankind and explains the imperative of acquisition of the knowledge of law. Incidentally, Ogun State of Nigeria which owns Olabisi Onabanjo University, has, over the years, earned reputation for having many of her illustrious sons and daughters who are most distinguished and highly cerebral lawyers such that the state has, more or less, become synonymous with the legal profession on account of these citizens that have made huge successes of the legal profession.
Against the back drop of the foregoing, the Ogun State Government through Olabisi Onabanjo University, has become passionate about and therefore aims at encouraging the advancement of incomparably sound and excellent legal education.
With this content, the Faculty aims at providing quality, first-class University education in Nigerian law with in-depth and comprehensiveness as students are prepared to be legal practitioners of first reckoning who will be instrumental to using law as object of positive social transformation and of purposeful and unparalleled leadership and influence.
However, the Faculty believes that Law cannot be meaningfully taught in isolation of higher education in disciplines in humanities, social and management sciences and even pure and applied sciences and technology. The Faculty, therefore, aims at exposing its students to sound knowledge of certain basic aspects of these other aspects of learning. In this connection also, and in line with the general University requirements, students of the Faculty are expected to take two courses, namely; (i) Rural Life and Agriculture; and (ii) Nigerian Life and Culture.
The Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) programme is aimed at training first-class, immensely knowledgeable legal practitioners and leaders who will employ the instrumentality of law to cause relentless and unending positive transformation of the society.
In conformity with the standard stipulated by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and the philosophy, objectives and mission statements of the Faculty, the curriculum of the Bachelor of Laws programme is designed to produce law graduates who will contribute meaningfully and pervasively to societal growth and development.
The Faculty teaches law with adaptation to social, political and economic changes of the society and inculcates in students the need to understand law within the context of its dominance and functioning in society.
Furthermore, the Faculty aims at satisfying the yearnings of various categories of students who include prospective Practitioners, Administrators in public and private sectors of the economy and International Agencies. It is acknowledged, however, that the whole of knowledge of law cannot, possibly be imparted to students while at the Faculty.
In this aspect, students are encouraged to imbibe insatiable appetite for further reading through which they are expected to build upon the diverse knowledge acquired at the Faculty.
As a deliberate and continuing policy, the Faculty also encourages legal research.
This is in recognition that research institutes valuable assets in any lawyer’s resources. A fundamental requirement for the award of the degree is the submission of well researched and thoroughly supervised long essay on law-related topics that may be of interest to students in their final year.
The Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Degree programme offered by the Faculty is a five (5) year programme.