It was recognized at the very inception of the Nasarawa State University Keffi that a separate Law Faculty should be established to meet the increasing demand for the training of lawyers in the country. The Faculty of Law started in the 2002/2003 session admitting students from all over the country. The Faculty commenced its academic programme with 50 students.
The pioneering academic staff of the Faculty were four: Professor J.N. Aduba who was the first Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Isa, Mr. John Shishi and Dr. Abdulkarim A. Kana.
Since the establishment of the Faculty, its students’ population has been increased from 50 students to 287 as at January 2013.
The Faculty runs a five year degree programme in law leading to the award of a Degree of Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.).
In line with the NUC Minimum Academic Standards, students are required to take non-law courses including courses in computer applications. The courses offered by the Faculty are aimed at training students, who upon graduation can proceed to the Nigerian Law School for purposes of being called to the Bar. While students who do not intend to take legal practice as a career may find other career prospects in the public and private sectors of the country and abroad.
The Faculty has had the following Deans and Coordinator:
|Professor James Nnamdi Aduba||2002-2003|
|Dr. Y. Isa (Coordinator)||2003-2004|
|Late Professor Ebere Osieke||2005-2006|
|Professor R.C. Chhangani||2006-2009|
|Prof. Onje Gye-Wado||2009-2009|
|Prof. Maxwell Gidado||2009-2014|
|Dr Abdulakrim A Kana||2014 – Present|
The Faculty of Law has a Dean, who is in charge of general administration. He is assisted by a Sub-Dean. In addition to these two offices, there is a Faculty Board which is the highest academic body within the Faculty. The Board is responsible to the University Senate. The Faculty Board consists of its academic staff, with the Dean as Chairman. The Faculty Officer is the Secretary to the Board and is also the Chief Administrative Officer of the Faculty. He works closely with the Dean in the performance of his duties. The Faculty Board meets once every month ordinarily and may also meet when the need arises.
The academic staff of the Faculty are involved in various activities including teaching, research, supervision of long essays or research projects, coaching for moot court trials, serving as staff advisers to each of the classes and Law Students Association.