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AE-FUNAI EMERGE 2ND AT NATIONAL CLIENT INTERVIEWING & COUNSELLING SKILLS COMPETITION

 Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, has claimed the  2nd position at the just-concluded 18th edition of the National Client Interviewing & Counselling Skills Competition.

The National Client Interviewing & Counselling Skills Competition is organized by the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI), Nigeria, a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization committed to promoting clinical legal education reform, legal aid and access to justice and the development of public interests lawyers in Nigeria. The competition is organized for Law Clinic Students of all Faculties of Law in Nigeria.

Representatives of the university: Okechukwu Sharon Amarachi and Chukus-Amacha Glory espousing some points at the competition

 

In the 18th edition of the competition held virtually in January 2024 for all Law Faculties in Nigeria, the Faculty of Law, Alex Ekwueme Federal University   Ndudu-Alike, Ebonyi State represented by Okechukwu Sharon Amarachi and  Chukus-Amacha Glory claimed second position. The international version of the competition is slated for Poland in March 2024, where the students are expected to be part of the contingent to represent Nigeria.

While throwing more light on the importance of the competition to the training of students’ lawyers, the Director of Law Clinic, AE-FUNAI, Dr. Emmanuel Egba noted that the Law Clinic in a university is about the development of practical experiences of students. He maintained that before the advent of Law Clinic, students of law in Nigeria were only taught theoretically, but stressed that with the introduction of the Clinic in the curriculum, students now participate in practical activities of law training.

Director, Law Clinic, Dr. Emmanuel Egba

 

Dr. Egba highlighted such practical activities to include mooting which according to him, involves the engagement of bench – bar (judges and lawyers) processes in the training of students like in a real court session, where students prepare suit and file cases accordingly in the Moot Court.

The Director further averred that Law Clinic also involves debates and competitions such as the National Client Interviewing & Counselling Skills Competition and the International Humanitarian Law. Through these activities, a new approach to the development of the Law practice has evolved globally and particularly in Nigeria, he said.

While commending the students for their outstanding performance in the competition, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Elom, noted that they have written the name of the university in gold despite being in the competition for the first time. He further stated that with such a rare feat achieved in their first outing, the university has been further recognized by the public as a reputable citadel of teaching and learning.

He urged the staff and students of the Faculty of Law not to rest on their oars even as he assured them of making the Law programme one of the flagships of the university.