Nigerian Law School adopts cumulative average in grading system review


The Nigerian Law School has reviewed its grading system. The review details is contained in a circular signed by its Director-General, Isah Hayatu.

A copy of the new document sighted by on Monday shows that the new grading system has abolished “conditional pass”.

The new system departs from the old grade threshold which grades a 30-39 grade in one of the courses as “conditional pass” and removes the conditional pass grade and allows a pass for a student who passes four out of the five courses and scores at least 35% in the fifty provided that such student’s cumulative score is not below 200 marks.

Under the new grading system, a pass guaranteed when a student scores between 40% and 49% in four(4) Courses and between 35% to 39% in the fifth Course provided that the deficiency is not more than five (5) marks and is remedied.

The cumulative score must not be below 200 marks

For Second Class Lower Division, the student must not have scored less than 50% in four (4) Courses and between 40& to 49% in the fifth course.

The cumulative score not to be below 250 marks in this case.

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A student would be determined to have a Second Class Upper Division if he/she scored not less than 60% in four (4) Courses and between 40% to 59% in the fifth course. The Cumulative score is not below 300 marks.

A First Class Division holder would be one who scored not less than 70% in four (4) Courses and between 40% to 69% in the fifth Course provided the cumulative score is not less than 350 marks.

This development has been on the ropes since 2019 when the Council of Legal Education (CLE) initially announced at the Nigerian Bar Association Conference held in Lagos that it had “reviewed the grading system at the Nigerian Law School to the effect that the hitherto practice of assessing students at the Bar Examinations which was largely based on their least grades scored have now been revised accordingly.

“The effect of this review is that no students will be assessed by his/her least score any more,” it said.

But this was not evidently implemented back then based on the results of the students that sat for the 2019 Bar Finals Examinations.

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