The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies by its enabling Act has a mandate to run post-graduate courses in legislative drafting. Consequently, the Akinola Aguda School of Post Graduate Studies was established in 1997. The school, named after the first Director General of the Institute, the late Dr. Akinola Aguda, currently runs Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Masters Degree (LL.M) and Ph.D programmes in Legislative Drafting. In December 2013, the School graduated its first Ph.D students. The School has over 30 faculty members either teaching at postgraduate level or offering Ph.D supervision. The faculty members are experts in their specialised areas of law ranging from legislative drafting to constitutional law, administrative law and environmental law, among others.

They provide high quality teaching and internationally renowned research in addition to providing advice and acting as consultants to the Federal and state governments as well as international institutions. Students also benefit from tutorship from the Institute’s brilliant research fellows who provide a one on one interactive learning environment outside the classroom. Students can also avail themselves the opportunity of publishing their well researched articles in any of the Institute’s peer reviewed journals. The Akinola Aguda School of Postgraduate Studies provides the necessary tools for students who wish to start a career in the academia or to develop relevant skills for practice.

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. THE POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING (PGDLD) Study In-class/Online
  2. THE MASTERS PROGRAMME IN LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING (LL.M) Study In-class
  3. THE M.Phil/Ph.D. IN LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING Study In-class

The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) was established in 1979 as the leading institution for advanced studies and research in law in Nigeria.

In 1997, the Institute introduced a carefully structured Post-graduate Diploma Course in Legislative Drafting (PGDLD). As a result of the success of this pilot scheme, the Masters Degree programme in Legislative Drafting (LL.M) was introduced in 1999 to run alongside the Diploma course and in 2010, the Ph.D in Legislative Drafting was equally introduced. Institutions, therefore, have the option of sponsoring students for any of the courses, depending on logistics and other relevant considerations. The LL.M is, as should be expected, substantially more enhanced and deeper in coverage than the diploma programme.

 

Please go to the individual course page you want to apply for, and you will find the relevant application form under the 'Apply Online'. Forms are also obtainable from our Lagos or Abuja office.

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Programme Duration – 3 years (Study In-class)

 

Admission Requirements –

Qualification

 

Candidates for admission to the M.Phil/Ph.D. degree programmes shall, in addition to fulfilling the requirements for the PGD programme, also possess the following:

  • LL.M in Legislative Drafting of the Institute; or
  • LL.M in Legislative Drafting from any other recognized University from the Commonwealth Law System or the United States of America; or
  • LL.M from any other recognized University.

A candidate for the M.Phil/Ph.D. degree may, additionally, be required to undergo a selection exercise

Fees (₦)

 
  • Application form: 25,000.00
  • Registration: 5,000.00
  • Tuition: 1,000,000.00
  • Duration: 3 years

Prospective M.Phil/PhD students shall in addition to the requirement for LLM admission, possess the following:

  • LL.M in Legislative Drafting of Institute; or
  • LL.M in Legislative Drafting from any other recognised University from the Commonwealth Law System or the United States of America; or
  • LL.M from any other recognized University

A prospective student for the M.Phil/Ph.D degree may additionally be required to undergo a selection exercise. Where a candidate does not have a LLM degree in Legislative drafting, the candidate shall be required to undertake such other pre-requisite or concurrent studies as may be prescribed by the Institute.

All prospective M.Phil/PhD students shall first be admitted into the M.Phil programme.

Prospective students shall be required to provide:

  • A research proposal (of not more than 2500 words including the title of the thesis, research question/ thesis abstract, outline of the study, research methodology, time frame, summary and contribution to knowledge and bibliography)
  • A Statement of Purpose' (one to two pages long, include any relevant additional information regarding the application, such as reasons for wanting to do a PhD).
  • An up to date CV.
  • A copy of their LLM transcript.
  • Application Fee Receipt Click here to see Remita Payment Guide for the Application Fee

* Admission is offered only to Applicants that are not in Full-Time employment (Applicants in Full-Time employment will be required to take a Study Leave) and are not undertaking Full-Time Studies elsewhere during the study period.

 

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Programme Duration – 1 year (Study In-class)

 

Admission Requirements –

Qualification

 

Candidates for admission to the LL.M degree programme shall possess the LL.B degree with the minimum score of a Second Class Lower of a recognized University, the Certificate of Call to practice law (BL), NYSC discharge or exemption certificate, and must be of good character. Candidates with a Third Class or Pass shall first be required to do a Post-graduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting before they can proceed for the LL.M.

Fees (₦)

 
  • Application form: 5,000.00
  • Registration: 5,000.00
  • Tuition: 750,000.00
  • Duration: 12 Calendar Months
 

Prospective students must:

  • Hold an LLB degree with a minimum of second class lower division from a recognised university.
  • Possess NYSC discharge or exemption certificate (for Nigerian Candidates).
  • Have been called to the Bar and shall provide evidence of call.
  • Be of good character.
  • Provide and an up to date CV, a 'Statement of Purpose' (one to two pages long, include any relevant additional information regarding the application, such as reasons for wanting to do an LLM in Legislative Drafting)
  • A copy of their LLB Degree transcript.
  • Application Fee Receipt. Click here to see Remita Payment Guide for the Application Fee

* Admission is offered only to Applicants that are not in Full-Time employment (Applicants in Full-Time employment will be required to take a Study Leave) and are not undertaking Full-Time Studies elsewhere during the study period.

 

For inquiries contact: +2348023620676, +2348032367571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Programme Duration – 9 months (Study In-class/Online)

 

Admission Requirements –

Qualification

 

Candidates for admission to the PGD programme shall possess the LL.B degree of a recognized University, the Certificate of Call to practice law (BL) and NYSC discharge or exemption certificate, and must be of good character. In exceptional circumstances, any other person whose educational qualification and cognate experience is deemed sufficient by the Institute, may be admitted.

Fees (₦)

 
  • Application form 5,000.00
  • Registration 5,000.00
  • Tuition 500,000.00
  • Duration 9 Calendar Months
 

Prospective students must:

  • Hold an LLB degree from a recognised university [In exceptional circumstances, any other person whose educational qualifications and cognate experience is deemed sufficient by the institute may be admitted].
  • Possess NYSC discharge or exemption certificate (for Nigerian Candidates).
  • Be of good character.
  • Provide and an up to date CV, a 'Statement of Purpose' (one to two pages long, include any relevant additional information regarding the application, such as reasons for wanting to do a PGLD)
  • A copy of their LLB Degree transcript.
  • Application Fee Receipt. Click here to see Remita Payment Guide for the Application Fee

* Admission is offered only to Applicants that are not in Full-Time employment (Applicants in Full-Time employment will be required to take a Study Leave) and are not undertaking Full-Time Studies elsewhere during the study period.

 

For inquiries contact: +2348023620676, +2348032367571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Apply Online