Law degrees have always been among one of the most sought-after and widely respected courses to study in Nigeria. For many, a law degree is the first step to starting a career in the legal sector. After a first degree, some go on to further study and train so as to become a practicing solicitor or Barrister.
Law degree or legal studies is a very broad course that interacts with almost every area of human life to include issues such as business, economics, politics, the environment, human rights, international relations, and trade.
However, there are other undergraduate courses which one can study and will afford one the opportunity to delve into fields in law. This article is about such courses, what each is about, requirements and career opportunities.
List of Law-related Courses in Nigeria
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International relations and diplomacy
International Relations (IR) is also known as international affairs in some institutions. It is both an academic and a field of public policy. International relations serve as a field of political science, an interdisciplinary academic field, or an entirely independent academic discipline. Students of International relations take several of internationally centred courses in the fields of social science and the humanities.
This course studies relationships and interactions between political entities such as states, countries, organizations, inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) and international non-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multinational corporations (MNCs), and other wider world-systems.
Generally, graduates of history and international relations can take up careers in three major areas:
– Public Sector (Government)
– Private Sector
– Non Profit/NGO
Career opportunities available to graduates of International Relations include:
- Consular assistant
- Translation specialist
- Foreign affairs journalist
- Foreign policy analyst
- International finance analyst
- Immigration inspector
- International affairs lawyer
Admission Requirements for Studying International Relations in Nigeria
Candidates applying for a degree in International Relations in a Nigerian university must have obtained five credit level passes in the O’ level examinations, SSCE/NECO/WAEC/NABTEB/GCE or its equivalent. These credit passes must include English Language, Government and Mathematics and two other relevant subjects.
UTME subject combination includes the English language and three other subjects from the following: Economics, Mathematics, Government, History, Geography, Literature in English, French, etc. The UTME subject combination varies among institutions.
Sociology has to do with the scientific study of society, culture, patterns of social relationships and social interaction. Sociology cuts across many fields such as the law, sexuality, social stratification, social class, religion, social mobility, secularization. The sociology of law or legal sociology is an interdisciplinary field and a sub-discipline of sociology that deals with a sociological study of law or law-related phenomena.
Career Opportunities and Job Options in Sociology
Graduates of Sociology can work in the following spheres
- International aid/development worker
- Social researcher
- Social worker
- Probation officer
- Public relations officer
Admission Requirements for the study of Sociology in Nigeria
Sociology is under the Faculty of Social sciences. The O’ level subject combination and requirements needed to study Sociology include:
- Five SSCE credit passes in O level examinations such as SSCE/NECO/NABTEB/GCE or its equivalent to include English Language, Mathematics, History/Government/Economics, and one other Arts or Social Science subject.
- UTME subject combination needed to study Sociologyare: Government/History and two other Social Science/Arts subjects.
Political science studies the theory and practice of government and politics at all levels of government to include: local, state, national, and international levels. This course deals with the organization and functions of government systems and political structures. Students learn about the administrative, legislative, and social factors that impact government systems and individuals within society.
Graduates of Political science can make a career in any field such as law, finance, business, medicine, journalism, education, academia, etc. Political science helps make the world view clearer to its students: the underlying reasons behind decisions and policies, Injustices, imbalance, and unfairness. Just like law, students of Political science learn to speak up against ills in society and the world at large.
Other Political Science courses related to Law include:
- Political Science and Diplomacy
- Political Science and Public Administration
- Political Science and International Studies
- Political Science and Conflict Resolution
- Political Science and Defense Studies
Career Opportunities available to graduates of Political Science
- Legal assistant
- Legal analyst
- International business specialist
- PR specialist
- Political consultant
- Career politician
- Political campaign manager
Admission requirements for Political science
Candidates who apply to the department of Political science are expected to have the following requirements:
At least 5 credits pass at SSCE/NECO/NABTEB/GCE or its equivalent. Credit passes must be in the following subjects:
- Government or History
- English Language
- Three other social science/ commercial subjects
UTME subject combination for Law includes: English language, Government or History, and two other Social Science/Arts subjects
Philosophy has to do with the study of general and problems in the society that relates to matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.
Philosophy of law, also known as jurisprudence is a branch of philosophy that studies the very nature of law, especially as it relates to human values, attitudes, practices, and political communities.
Career Opportunities for Philosophy Graduates
Upon earning your first degree in Philosophy, you can apply your knowledge of Philosophy and specialize in a number of fields such as:
Academia (you can begin a career as a lecturer or teacher)
Admission requirements for admission into Philosophy
Candidates who wish to apply for a degree in Philosophy via UTME entry level must have a minimum of five credit level passes at SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB or its equivalent in the following subjects: Mathematics, English language, Health Science/Biology, and two other arts or social science course. Some schools require candidates to have Mathematics or Physics as well.
The UTME subject combination for Philosophy in English Language, Biology and two other social science or science courses.