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Welcome to the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). NIALS was established in March 1979 under an enabling statutory instrument referred to as the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Act, CAP N112 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as Nigeria's apex institution for legal research and training.

The Institute has the mandate to provide information, supervision, guidance and advice to post graduate students and other researchers who are pursuing post-graduate studies in any university in the field of law and practice; to conduct courses of instruction in legislative drafting leading to the award of post-graduate diploma or a post-graduate degree; to co-operate with Nigerian universities, the Nigerian Law School, the Nigerian Law Reform Commission and such other bodies (whether in Nigeria or elsewhere) engaged in any major field relating to law reform, development or research in the mobilization of Nigeria's research potentials for the task of national development and dissemination of research findings for the use of policy makers at all levels; to organize training courses, national and international seminars, symposia, conferences, workshops and lectures on any branch of law and related subjects, and to carry out other activities as are necessary and expedient for the full discharge of any of its functions pursuant to the Act.

It is against this backdrop that  information booklet has been prepared to give general information on the Institute’s programmes and activities. In this information guide, all the necessary information and facts needed about the Institute are presented; its mandate and vision, services, resources and programmes available at the Institute. I invite you to take advantage of the opportunities present at NIALS and make best use of the huge resources that the Institute offers.