1. Philosophy of the Programme

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Law is founded on the philosophy that the quest for further and higher education should be within the reach of not only the excellent student but also for students who failed to obtain the score required to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Law degree upon the completion of the Master of Laws (LL.M) programme.  The ambition to obtain the terminal Ph.D degree should not be permanently stunted by a weak LL.M. result.

  1. Duration

The programme is for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months for full time.  For part-time students, the minimum is 24 months and a maximum of 48 months.  A candidate who successfully completes the MPhil programme and qualifies to continue in the PhD programme has a minimum of two sessions and a maximum of four sessions to obtain a Ph.D.  If he is a part-time student, he has a minimum of three sessions and a maximum of six sessions to complete the PhD programme.

  1. Entry Requirements

  • WASC, NECO or GCE Ordinary level credit pass in Mathematics, English Language and Literature in English
  • A Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from any recognized university
  • A candidate need not have been called to the Nigerian Bar
  1. Programme Description

  • A candidate is required to
  • Register and pass Research Methodology. This course is intended to train candidates in legal research with the aim of exposing them to the diversity of intellectual challenges involved in legal scholarship
  • Present two seminar papers which will be graded by the Faculty of Law Postgraduate Committee.
  • Complete a thesis of not less than 25,000 and not more than 35,000 words. The thesis may be one of the seminar papers or ideas from both papers.
  • Where a candidate fails to obtain the minimum grade required to proceed to Ph.D programme. One of the seminar papers may be developed into a thesis.
  • The candidate must satisfy an external examiner in an oral examination on his dissertation.

For entrance into a Ph.D programme, a candidate must obtain at least 60 percent of both the graded seminars and the oral examination.

Master of Laws (LL.M)


Registered Courses for


  • BUL 701/711: Company Law, Management and Finance.
  • BUL 705/715 Law of Non-Marine Insurance
  • BUL 707/717: Law of Commercial Transactions and Consumer Protection
  • BUL 708/718: Law of Industrial and Intellectual Property


  • JIL 704/714: Law of the Sea
  • JIL 703/713: International Economics Law
  • JIL 705/715: Air and Space Law
  • JIL 707/717 International Protection of Human Rights/ Humanitarian Law
  • JIL 709/719: Advanced Oil and Gas Law
  •  JIL 708/JIL 718 Law of Armed Conflicts


  • PUL 702/712: Land Law and Land Development
  • PPL 703/713: Law of Succession


  • PUL 702/712: Comparative Constitutional Law
  • PUL 704/714: Comparative Criminal Law
  • PUL 705/715: Environmental Law
  • PUL 706/716: Criminology and Penology
  • PUL 707/717: Principles of Civil Litigation 
  • PUL 708/718: Reproductive Health and Rights Law

Master of International Law and Security (MILS)


Registered Courses for


  • MILS 804 International Criminal Law I/II
  • MILS 805: International Protection of Human Rights (Optional)
  • MILS 808: Introduction to International Law (Compulsory)
  • MILS 809: Peaceful Settlement of Dispute (Optional)
  • MILS 801: International Institutions 1 (Optional)
  • MILS 809: Peace Settle of Dispute
  • MILS 801: International Institution 1
  • MILS 808: Introduction to International Law
  • MILS 805: International Protection of Human Rights


  • MILS 815: Law of International Boundaries (Optional)
  • MILS 816: International Humanitarian Law (Compulsory)
  • MILS 818: Introduction of Law and Legal Research (Compulsory)
  • MILS 811: International Institutions II (Optional)
  • MILS: 810: Research Project
  • MILS 814 International Criminal Law I/II

Advanced Legal Research Methodology Course


Course Content for

This course will be a compulsory element of the MILS, LL.M, Mphil and PhD programmes, to prepare students for project and thesis writing.

It will provide an introduction to research methodologies and theoretical perspectives (such as doctrinal, comparative law, socio-legal, historical, content analysis, quantitative analysis, research ethics), as well as practical elements of carrying out a research project, to include research design – defining a topic and questions; locating sources and reading critically; constructing arguments, and referencing correctly and the appropriate use of English language in academic research/writing; research dissemination, publication and communication.


The principal aims of the course are to:

  • give students a grounding in techniques and methodologies appropriate to legal research and applicable to their own work;
  • introduce students to the process of formulating and developing questions suitable for advanced legal research and designing a research framework around those questions;
  • equip students with the skills needed to complete a substantial piece of independent legal research;
  • equip students with the relevant skills for research dissemination, publication and communication.

The learning outcomes will be to:

  • understand research techniques and methodologies appropriate to legal research and applicable to the students’ work;
  • identify a legal issue that has the potential to be the subject of legal research;
  • carry out independent research on a topic related to law;
  • act autonomously in developing a research proposal and plan;
  • critically evaluate and apply relevant theoretical and methodological frameworks;
  • identify, locate and use relevant primary sources;
  • critically analyse and engage with a wide range of the secondary literature relevant to their topic;
  • construct coherent and logical arguments at an advanced level, addressing theoretical, doctrinal and policy issues relevant to their chosen issue;
  • make use of appropriate referencing techniques;
  • reflect critically on their own learning in the course of the research process;
  • apply what they have learned in the preparation for and writing up of a dissertation;
  • underscore the appropriate use of English language in academic writing/discourse (formal versus informal; simple and straightforward versus verbose);
  • decide on appropriate means and medium of disseminating, publishing and/or communicating their research.

Duration: One semester

Course Instructors (this could be rotational – instructors may change every semester)
Dr. Gabriel Arishe
Dr. Michael Attah
Prof. Amos Enabulele
Dr. Osaro Ewere
Dr. Nelson Ojukwu-Ogba
Dr. Suzzie Oyakhire
Dr. Anwuli Sokolo
Prof. Ngozi Unuigbe

Course Content

  • Research and its purpose (Literature review, theoretical framework, contribution to knowledge in a specific discipline; informing policy making; addressing a specific problem or question)
  • Legal Research and its purpose (Ascertaining the law; highlighting ambiguities and gaps; determining coherence, stability and consistency; social auditing of law; Suggesting reforms).
  • Broad Nature of Legal Research (Quantitative legal research; qualitative legal research)
  • Kinds of Legal Research (Descriptive and analytical legal research; applied and pure legal research; quantitative and qualitative legal research; conceptual and empirical legal research)
  • Other Major Methods of Legal Research (Doctrinal legal research; non-doctrinal legal research; comparative legal research).
  • Interdisciplinary research (Research Ethics and Integrity in Socio-legal Studies and Legal Research)

 Attendance Requirements

 Compulsory attendance at lectures and writing workshop – students much meet the minimum requirement of 75% attendance. Any student who fails to do so, would not be assigned a supervisor (in the case of LL.M or MILS students); or not allowed to proceed to the next stage of his/her research (in the case of MPhil and PhD students).


Research proposal of up to 3,000 words

Grading Method:

Average of the cumulative score of instructors.