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 This is the transcript of a lecture I delivered to members of  Law Ethics and Practice (LEAP) International on WhatsApp, one of it’s social media channels and I have their permission to have it reproduced and republished here.  

Entrepreneurship for Lawyers. Photocredits

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The purpose of this entrepreneurship lecture is to teach young lawyers entrepreneurship activities they could engage in with little or no capital while not straying from the law environment. The things I will teach are things you can start up with very minimal or even no cash, your phones, laptops, internet connections and law books and it does not interfere with your regular job.Continue reading

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The curtains were slowly falling on the 2nd year of my call to the bar when it dawned on me that I had never handled a police case. So when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it with both hands.
A neighbour had come on a Saturday afternoon to complain that his brother was being detained by the police (for guess what ridiculous offence? Nah! Ain’t telling ya! Read further down for the full gist) and needed a lawyer to get him out as the police was demanding for N15, 000. 00 ($84.01) for his bail. I had made my plans for the day and going to the police station was not part of it. I was about to apologise for my inability to help, when he told me he was directed by the lawyer in the next compound to meet me as the lawyer was out of Lagos on a business trip.

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“Practice is hell” Ikem (not real name) answered with a straight gaze. “You won’t believe I earn just N30, 000. 00 monthly”, he continued as sweat formed on his brow. Dabbing his brow with a white handkerchief, he announced “my uncle is helping me out with one civil service job sha and once that clicks, am off this hell called practice, you diehards can continue with it”.

“How is practice”, is the usual question amongst new wigs who were mates at the University or the Law School. Save for the lucky few who work in well paying firms, majority have tales of woes over poor pay and working conditions.
Ikem was my classmate in the Law School and had been so enthusiastic about practicing law that he bought his wig and gown before the release of the Bar Finals result.

“Can you believe that of all my siblings, am the only one who is still being supported by my parents despite the fact that I spent the longest period of time in school and my training was the most expensive?”
“I work from 8 am till whenever my Boss leaves the office which is usually at 9 pm on weekdays and from 1 pm to 6 pm on weekends. The cost of transporting myself to the office everyday takes half of my pay and we are just two lawyers besides my principal and his secretary who doubles as the receptionist. We have no litigation officers so we prepare, file and serve court processes and letters ourselves. At the end of every day, am so overworked and stressed out that all I do is to eat and sleep off after I get home and wake up early the next working day for another stressful day. I only have a little reprieve on weekends and during the period of court vacations.”Continue reading

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