The 3, 436 successful candidates at the 2014 bar exams were on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, admitted as Barristers and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by the Body of Benchers at the International Conference Centre Abuja.
There were two call to bar sessions on Tuesday 25th November, 2014 while the grand finale was held on Wednesday 26th November, 2014. At the last call session, there was also an award and prize giving ceremony to the best students in different courses. The Chairman of the Body of Benchers Chief T. J. Onomigbo Okpoko charged the new wigs to uphold the tenets of
The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School Mr. OIarenwaju Onadeko who had earlier presented the candidates for admission to the bar had advocated the introduction of a two-month intensive training for would be applicants to the bar, to reduce the failure rate in the bar exam.
A cross section of new wigs
This year’s call to bar was remarkable due to the massive failure recorded in the bar exams. The exams which has been said to be worse in many years recorded a 57.01 % pass and 33.08% failure rate. A total number of 5, 841 candidates sat for the exams.
As with all call to bar ceremonies, the event was jam-packed with the new wigs, the family members and well wishers. However attendance was limited to just one guest only for each new wig.
Uche Nwekeze (middle) winner of 3 prizes
Many new wigs expressed joy over their entry to the bar and looked forward to fruitful years in the profession.