Akintola Abduljalal Abiola and Peter Christiana
In her mandate to allow a more conducive setting to learn the law as it is, Justice Chambers of Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, led several students to the Federal High Court, Kwara State Judicial Division, along Fate Road, Ilorin on the 14th of July, 2021.
The delegates, led by the Lord Chancellor of the Chambers, Lord Faizah Atu Muhammad, set out in the early hours of the 14th of July, 2021 from the Faculty of Law Car Park, University of Ilorin.
During the proceedings at the court, Honourable Justice Ishaq Muhammad Sani of the Federal High Court asked one of the legal practitioners in court, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Alli (SAN) to address the delegates on some basics of legal practice.
In his address, the learned silk advised the students to have a great deal of dedication, time consciousness, diligence, integrity, humility, and empathy.
In his words, “the last thing you should look for in this profession is money.” “Reputation travels faster than the object. And please note that your first five years in the profession are very important.”
The court proceeded to hear the matter slated for hearing. After long hours of hearing civil cases and criminal cases summarily decided with convictions and prison terms for the convicts, the Judge invited the delegates to his Chamber to educate them on how legal practice operates in the actual sense. Honourable Justice I. M. SANI assured the students of his readiness to assist them towards the course of continuing legal education.
Thereafter, the delegates had a photo session with the learned judge of the Federal High Court.
In an interview with one of the delegates, Isamot Fadeelah disclosed that “the court visitation was wow! It was very exciting and educating”. Another delegate, Mobolaji-Ajani Nabeelah disclosed that she felt fulfilled upon entering the courtroom. She added, “Indeed, it was a very good experience”
In a tete-a-tete with the Lord Chancellor of Justice Chambers, Lord Faaizah emphasized that “we at Justice Chambers realize that learning does not only take place in the classroom. Law students need the experience of being in an actual courtroom to inform their knowledge, and that is why we decided to give students this opportunity.”
She added that she will also reproduce the advice given to us by the Federal High Court Judge, I. M. SANI. He urged us to be intentional with our legal knowledge and in fact, make a habit of visiting the courts of law to improve our understanding of substantive principles of law and gain knowledge of procedural law as undergraduates.