Code of Conduct for Law Students

(Council of Legal Education, Guidelines and Conditions for the Establishment of Faculties of Law in Nigeria, Oct. 2009, pp. 15-16)

The Legal Profession is an honorable profession and all who belong or aspire to it must exhibit that trait and strength of character. Good character is most crucial for admission to the Law School and subsequently to the Bar.

The Council of Legal Education, conscious of its responsibility for the legal education of persons seeking to become members of the legal profession, and in conjunction with the Body of Benchers, responsible for regulating the practice of the profession in Nigeria, approved a code of conduct for the information and compliance of Law Students who intend to seek admission into the Nigerian Law School, qualify for the Bar, and subsequently enroll as Legal Practitioners in Nigeria.



1.    A Law Student must be honest and of good behavior. He should be a responsible and reliable person.

2.    (a) He should be well dressed at all time. The regulatory dress for a male student is dark suit, white shirt, black ties (not bow tie); black socks and black shoes and white breast pocket handkerchiefs. Stripped black (Barrister’s) trousers may be worn under dark jackets.

       (b) During hot weather, students may be permitted to wear white shirts with ties and dark trousers and black shoes to class. The wearing of complete native attire may be allowed only at lectures on Friday and social functions.

       (c) For female students, white blouse, dark jacket and black skirts covering the knees or dark dress and black shoes are to be worn. There should be no embroidery and trimmings of any type and only moderate jewelry (earring, and watches) are to be worn.

       (d) At Law Dinners, students must be punctual, be in regulation dress and observe all table manners.