Philosophy and Objectives
The law programme of the University is designed to make its graduates function optimally in every area of the legal profession in the 21st century. In the new millennium, a college of law should approach the study of law as a discipline of learning in tertiary institutions from the vintage of law as it functions in society, and not just as rules that have been set and must be applied against the backdrop of our colonial legal heritage which still persists. Osun State University recognizes the fact that the world is now a global village where imaginary political, cultural, social and physical boundaries of countries, nations and societies have disappeared. The law programme is to empower the 21st Century lawyer to meet complex challenges, through transnational studies and multi-lingual ability. Hence, the programme of the College is designed to make our law graduates practitioners and scholars with cutting-edge endowment and intellectual abilities.
The objectives of the Law programme are to
(a) train lawyers who will use law as a tool for the resolution of various social, economic and political conflicts in society, and whose level of education has equipped properly to serve as advisers, solicitors or advocates to governments, business and other associations, individuals, families and other bodies, make a career in academics, or deploy their expertise to other productive endeavours ;
(b) deliver sound and forward looking instruction in legal education to create a crop of lawyers and legal scholars that will enhance national and global development, render sound and ethical legal services, and strike a balance between litigiousness and harmonious relationship though alternative dispute resolution;
(c) employ collegiality to educate lawyers who can resolve new issues, not just cite the past. Though most law courses today are still remarkably like they were more than a century ago, we shall take instruction in law beyond the study of cases by giving students a problem-based approach to studying law, employing simulations, role plays, real life clients so as to ensure that each lesson has outcomes that are subjected to formative assessment;
(d) make learning both pedagogically interactive and not impersonal as well as regularly subject the standards in the existing curriculum to relevance test so as to adapt the entire curriculum to changing circumstances;
(e) harness clinical skills to meet the peculiar needs of our host community for legal counselling services in the areas of itinerant trading, micro-financing, small and medium scale enterprises, agriculture, land use and customary tenancy and other legal relationships;
(f) deploy the impacted skills and methods as well as modern technologies, especially Information and Communication Technology, for the achievement of the objectives herein contained.
The programme that the College of Law runs leads to the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree.
Duration of Programme
The College offers a 5-year standard programme to students with the requisite credit level passes in the Senior Secondary School Certificate, G.C.E. "O" Level or their equivalent. However, it permits Direct Entry candidates to join in year two of the programme. Registration shall not exceed an additional 50% of the duration of the programme if the student fails to graduate within the minimum number of years.
Though law is a composite programme, for management purposes the College is divided into four (4) departments, namely;
- Department of Business Law
- Department of International Law
- Department of Jurisprudence and Private Law
- Department of Public Law
At inception, however, the College, with the approval of Senate of the University, established two departments to perform the functions of the four departments until such a time that student enrolment may necessitate the taking off of the four. The two departments are the
- Department of Business and Private Law
- Department of Public and International Law
A candidate for admission into the College of Law, Osun State University, must possess at least Senior Secondary School Certificate (S.S.S.C.) with credit level passes in at least five (5) subjects including English Language and Literature in English obtained at not more than one sitting. Such a candidate must have an acceptable pass in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (“UTME”).
Direct Entry Mode
A candidate for Direct Entry into the degree programme of the College of Law, Osun State University must have;
- A two-year or three-year Diploma Certificate (Upper Credit) of Osun State University or any other recognised institution, plus credit level passes in at least five (5) papers, including English Language and Literature in English, in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (S.S.C.E.) or G.C.E. “O” Level examination or their equivalent; or
- Three (3) papers at principal level in Higher School Certificate Examination (H.S.C.E) or General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) Advanced Level, together with credit passes in not less than three other subjects including English Language and Literature in English in the S.S.S.C.E. or G.C.E. “O” Level examination or their equivalent; or
- Two (2) papers at Principal Level in H.S.C. or G.C.E. Advanced Level plus credit passes in four (4) other papers (including English Language and Literature in English) in the S.S.S.C.E. or ‘G.CE. “O” Level examination or their equivalent; or
- A degree, in a relevant discipline, of Osun State University or any other recognised University of not less than a Second Class Lower Division.
- Candidates that have successfully gone through the approved and relevant University Sub-Degree programme may be qualified for admission, provided they possess other admission requirements as stated above.
All Candidates seeking admission into the Osun State University irrespective of their UTME scores shall be required to pass the University Post-UTME Screening Test before being admitted.
(a) Students of the College shall normally complete registration at the beginning of the semester.
(b) Any addition or deletion from the courses for which a student is formally registered must be made with the consent of the Course Coordinator.
(c) A student may be allowed to withdraw from a course by the course coordinator before a third of the lectures in that course have been given. Such a student that withdraws after this time or that fails to sit for examination without reasons acceptable to the appropriate College Board shall be deemed to have failed the course. A Grade Point of 0F shall be recorded for the student in the course.
(d) Late registration with penalty in the course may be allowed up to 4 weeks after the commencement of registration.
A student shall be qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) of Osun State University when the student has
a) Completed and passed all the Courses he/she registered for, including all the compulsory courses and such elective/optional courses as may be specified by the University/College;
b) Obtained a minimum Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) specified by the University, but not less than 1.50; and
c) Earned the minimum credit units of not less than 194 (5-year course) or 166 for Direct Entry (4 year course).