Where to Study International Law in Nigeria

Law is one of the most respected courses in almost all Nigerian schools.

It is the wish of most parents, brothers, sisters, friends, and well-wishers to have law graduates either as friends or acquaintances.

Studying law in Nigeria takes up to 5 years in most universities.

Law students spend 4 years in the university and 1 year in law school. This is to enable them to have more advanced knowledge in their field.

Most law graduates I’ve seen are usually posted to law firms and government parastatals associated with the law during their compulsory youth service. This is not to say that some are not posted to teach in secondary schools.

This article discusses studying international law in Nigeria, the requirements to study it and the best universities for the course.


What is Law?

When anybody hears the word law, the first thing that comes to his/her mind would probably be crime, police or prison.

However, law is much more than just crime-related activities. Law encompasses all aspects of life as there is a law for almost everything from issues related to personal finance, business, economy, health, human rights, politics, environment, and international relations.

Law in its simplest term is seen as a set of rules given to govern the activities of humans such that a man may not cause harm to another.


Why International Law?

Law is no longer something that is just unique to a particular country operating in a silo. It is a global practice which now involves regional and international treaties. It is also significant for lawyers to understand that legal problems now span countries, hence, the need for them (lawyers) to study international law in relation to bringing solutions to global legal problems.


Requirements to Become an International Law Student in Nigeria

The following are top requirements to study international law in any government accredited university in Nigeria.


O’Level Result

Your O’Level result is the very first admission requirement to study international law in any Nigerian university. As an applicant or university aspirant, you must have a minimum of 5 credits in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) which includes either WAEC, NECO or its equivalent.  This result must be obtained in not more than 2 sittings.

It is compulsory you pass important subjects like Mathematics and English. And you must also have, at least, a credit in Literature-in-English.



The next important requirement after you have gotten your O’Level result is the JAMB result. JAMB stands for Joint Admission Matriculation Board. To get admitted, you need to know the right subject combination.

The right subject combination to study international law is English, Literature-in-English and any other two art subjects.

The JAMB cut-off mark varies from school to school. The ideal cut-off mark for major universities starts from 200 out of possible 400 marks. However, to stand a better chance, you are expected to score at least 250 in JAMB.



One more hurdle you need to pass after passing your JAMB is to sit and pass the Post Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Board Examination (UTME). The Post UTME is conducted by each university without the help of any external agency, unlike as it is with the O’Level and JAMB.

Your chances of gaining admission may be very slim if you don’t pass the Post UTME, even after you passed the other exams.


Direct Entry

The last requirement you will need to study international law in any Nigerian university is through the use of the direct entry form. This is mostly for students who possess a diploma degree.

Note that even with the Direct Entry, you are still required to submit the other three requirements above. But in this case, you will not start from year one as the regular jamb students.

This is not a requirement for fresh secondary school graduates who haven’t been to any higher institution.




Top Universities that Offer International Law in Nigeria

The following are the top accredited universities where you can study international law in Nigeria. The list comes in no particular order.


University of Ilorin (Unilorin)

Starting the list is a very popular university located in Kwara state. Unilorin is one of the sought after universities in the country and it is the best to study international law in Nigeria.


University of Lagos (Unilag)

When it comes to academic excellence, Unilag is always ahead as the institution has produced notable Nigerians both home and abroad.


Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Popularly known as OAU and located in the ancient city of Ife is one of the best citadels of learning in Nigeria. They have always been known for producing students with great qualities who are doing well in their chosen fields.


University of Ibadan (UI)

This is the oldest university that has been offering law in Nigeria. They also have the most renowned law programs in Nigeria. The institution is a great choice when you want to study international law.


University of Nigeria Nnsuka (UNN)

This university was established when it became compulsory to establish a university in the Eastern Region. Since then until now, they have never disappointed in producing the best. They have one of the best law faculties in the country.


University of Jos (Unijos)

The University of Jos started as a campus in the University of Ibadan before it became a university of its own in Jos, Plateau state. It is currently the best university to study any law-related courses in the Northern part of the country.


University of Benin (Uniben)

This school commenced as an institute of technology and later developed into a university. The law faculty is one faculty that the university doesn’t joke with. This makes it a great choice for you to study there.


Lagos State University (Lasu)

Popular known as Lasu, the Lagos state university is another great school to study international law in Nigeria. It is worthy to note that it is the first state university on this list. It is regarded as the best state university in Nigeria and also a hotspot for law programs.


Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Located in Zaria, ABU is generally known for its academic performance. It is also a great choice when it comes to law programs.


Babcock University

Babcock University is located in Ogun state. It is the only private university on this list because of its outstanding performance. It prides itself in good academic performance and up-to-date learning facilities. The law faculty is the best when it comes to private universities in Nigeria.


Final Words

Listed above are the top ten universities out of numerous universities where you can study international law in the country. They are listed above because they have standard facilities, latest resources, and materials capable of making you the best when it comes to international law.

However, there are some other universities in the country that equally have good law programs. They are:

  • University of Calabar
  • University of Abuja
  • Covenant University
  • AfeBabalola University
  • Ekiti State University
  • Ogun State University
  • Delta State University
  • Ambrose Alli University
  • Abia State University
  • University of Maiduguri


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  • September 9, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Do you need admission help? Please kindly call for help.

    Thank you and good luck


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