Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association’s Section of Business School, Mr. Seni Adio (SAN), recently led a six-man delegation to Babcock University to explore the possibility of setting up a centre for commercial legal studies in the school.
Adio was received by the President/ Vice Chancellor, Professor Ademola Tayo, and other principal officers of the university. He said their interest in having a leading commercial law centre of global standard and teaching certain niche areas of law in Babcock University was to give the law students opportunity to develop proficiency in areas like intellectual property, security, banking, finance, and technology, among others.
According to him, it was necessary for younger lawyers to, at a very early stage of their studies, have practical approach to providing first class legal services, become solution providers and be practical in their approach to solving legal problems.
He stated that the choice of Babcock University was because “she is a leading institution not just in Nigeria but globally.”
Also speaking, chair, Task Force of the Centre, Osaro Eghobamien (SAN), explained that the training of lawyers was more than just preparing them academically, adding that the markets that consume their services also require particular skills to achieve their objective.
He noted that these markets were beginning to find out they were not getting these skills from only academic training. As a result, Eghobamien said there was a need to now apply practical training so that lawyers who are going to be delivered to the market were fit for the purpose.
He added that since Babcock University already had one of their professors who lectured in the commercial law centre in the past, it made sense not to try to invent the wheel but to take advantage of that resource and collaborate with the institution.
Source: The Nation