THE NLS ‘LIFESTYLE’ (Sequel to NLS Loading…)


Hello Again, Let me first say that the word ‘Lifestyle’ is a little misleading because the longer you stay at the NLS, less of your life and style is at your own disposal. However, to summarise the Nigerian Law School (NLS) especially if you’ve been out of Nigeria a while: ‘Easy? No . Do-able? Yes’. So, since we’re clear, let me offer you some useful information to have you as prepared as possible. Before I continue, thank you all for letting me know you found the previous post on applying and registering for law school helpful.

The deadline for registering is today I believe but if you haven’t already applied just keep trying, when there’s a will, there’s a way. Visit this website. Clink on this PDF. Apply here

When I was applying, I had to scrape info from blogs and comments that’s why I’m writing this.  As you probably suspect, there are many things that require adjusting to from culture to style of teaching to weather (Abuja is ridiculously…like ridiculously HOT). To write this, I asked  friends for input on what they think is vital to know but nothing can really prepare you for everything and everyone’s experience will be different. You HAVE TO EMBRACE THE NEW EXPERIENCE & HAVE FUN! You just do. Academically, Bar 1 is peanuts compared to the Bar 2 programme, but that’s a discussion for later. So without further ado, here is some information on areas which I think are vital:


Dress Code –  Honestly, there isn’t a set synchrony among the campuses. You must know though, that EVERY morning there will be marshalls stood in front of the entrance to the class room checking that your outfit is regulation compliant and very willing to send you back or embarrass you if it’s not. As a rule of thumb, if you feel you’re looking so fly and they may send you back – They probably will. I’ve set out the strict regulation wear and “#OOTD” variant for the Fashion bloggers among you. In case you didn’t already know, standard regulation wear is BLACK & WHITE.

  • GUYS: Regulation Wear: Plain White Shirt, Plain Black Tie, Black Leather Office Shoes, Black Suit. {#OOTD Variation: Textured White Shirt (Leave your stripes at home), Knitted Tie/ Silk Tie, Formal Velvet Slippers, Navy Blue/ Charcoal Grey Suit/ Double breasted blazer…) You can keep Afros (I think) but keep it all trimmed and clean, that ‘hippie’ look will not fly here.
  • LADIES: Regulation Wear: Plain White Formal Shirt; Plain Black Skirt that ends below the knee; Plain Black Dress (No sleeveless, you must wear a blazer if it is); Blazer or Skirt Suit; Plain Black Shoes (Flats or Modest Height Heels -No peep toes) {#OOTD Variation: White top (Leave your frills at home; sometimes they allow chiffon, sometimes they don’t), White Camisole, Pencil Skirt with a not too high slit, Blazer with minimal leather panel, Peplum Blazer, LONG Body Con or Maxi Dress, Plain Black Pumps (I have a very navy blue pair that I wear)…)

Both the regulation and OOTD variants should pass for the marshalls. For me, I spice it up but mostly stay within regulation. I don’t like insults. Essentially just be modest, don’t go to class flashing your thigh or baring all that chest…or maybe you should Who doesn’t like a little drama. Anyway, some people will get a lot of grief from marshalls- some won’t. That’s just the way life is. I’ll attach some pictures later to help. You can wear whatever you like after school I believe.


As at when I was in Bwari, people mainly lived: On Campus OR At Elim Hotel OR Liberty Hotel OR Came from Abuja

  • Campus

Prepare to see endangered species of creepy crawlies all sorts. It could be worse…but it could definitely be better. It’s 2 to a room, 4 to a flat (for want of better word) i.e. 4 people share a Toilet and Bathroom.  Generator is on from 7pm -12 midnight, sometimes in the morning too. Water doesn’t run so you’ll need a big drum, you can buy that in Bwari or Abuja town. You get these ladies that basically clean, fetch water, wash clothes and so on for you for a fixed monthly fee or pay as you go, it’s quite a handy service, they’ll come to you don’t worry. I laid linoleum on my floor and helped my ‘flatmates’ too, cos the carpet was rather filthy. You’ll need mosquito nets, they may give you some but you’ll need nails and Ropes to hang it up. Ladies, get a long mirror. Doors are locked at 12 midnight. If you’re planning to sleep in the hostel, make your way on time, they will not hesitate to lock you out.

  • Pride

This is private accommodation. Not quite Unite or Opal, but you get the idea. They have a variation of 1 to 2 bedrooms and different sizes and facilities. It’s almost directly opposite the school gate. If i can get a contact number I’ll put it here.

  • Elim/ Liberty Hotels

Elim is a very popular one, it housed some cool and some not-so-cool kids. It’s a hotel, good standard for the remote area it’s in but not exactly by all standards. It’s not bad though. There isn’t 24/7 light. I think you can pay to get your laundry done. They serve food that isn’t bad, some of it is good, there’s a shawarma guy by the pool and I think there’s a ‘gym’ of some sort. Elim is located a few houses across the Law School Gate, it’s not too far to walk or drive to and from school.

  • Living in Town

This works if you normally live in Abuja or Bwari town (hardly a town). It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to drive in, there’s a new express way or something, avoid the busted up road.


IT’S HOT IN THE AFTERNOON. IT REALLY IS! Interestingly enough, it can be rather Cool/ Cold in the mornings and on some evenings. For me, I sweat really easily and that makes me uncomfortable. Shortly after I got to Bwari, I set aside my long weaves and did only short hairstyles. Braids also works & Ghana Weaving (Note: Keep the colour to a minimum, some people got away with fiery red hair or glaring ombré but I doubt many will so don’t bother). Get a lot of light clothes and sandals to wear after classes, they finish rather early. Maybe a jumper for when it’s cold later on. Get a strong umbrella, the rain can be brutal , I had a chić raincoat. Oh, and sunglasses and sunscreen are your friends, but you WILL tan regardless.


There are several organisations set up for several forms of worship. There’s a chapel and there’s a mosque. There are several fellowships including Anglican, MFM… The Christian Lawyers Association of Nigeria (CLASFON) is  non-denominational and tends to be the most subscribed; it’s run by students.

Health & Fitness & Turn Up

Food was a big problem for me.  You’re NOT allowed to cook. There is a Mami market that has regular Nigerian food on deck, the food can be quite good but I can only have so much rice and swallow. In my time, the most popular were Mama Ngozi & Akwa Best. There’s a Suya Guy and Shawarma too.  Behind Block A Female Hostel, someone does sweet potato and some nice pepper sauce – I ate this a lot. I eat fruits a lot, storage was an issue. In the hostel, there’s a communal fridge but it was far from my room and there isn’t always light. Things are kept in it at your own risk. I would advice bringing/buying a lot of snacks (Biscuits, Granola, Breakfast Bars, Burger Peanuts, Plantain chips (love these)) if you’re a snacker like me and cereal for breakfast to keep you throughout the day. I ate at Lovitoz (see below) a lot too. Coach Wilson is your guy for fitness. There’s a very good aerobics class on every morning except Sunday on the football field from 5:30-6:30am. It seems early but you get used to it quickly. It’s actually really good, and you need it for all that rice you’ll be eating. Tell Coach, Oyinda from last set referred you to him, he’ll hook you up with any info you need. His number: 08056981041 . In general, the grounds are good for running and long walks.

LOVITOZ!! – No one can talk about NLS Bwari now and not talk about Lovitoz. Lovitoz is your one stop shop for everything turn up: From lunch to Drinks to Football Matches to TURN UP!  I don’t need to give you details, it’s all you’ve got, you’ll soon grow to love it.


How different is it? IT IS VERY DIFFERENT. The syllabus isn’t super complex but it is VOLUMinous. The emphasis is more on what you remember  than what you understand. I won’t comment on the quality of teaching, all I’ll say is make sure you get what the good lecturers say down and compare your notes with your serious friends. Don’t even try to go solo. For most of us, its an adjustment back to having a set time for class each day instead of a few hours here and there. Classes can be hilarious especially when there is a cacophony of accents. It can be annoying when everyone goes super political. Good notes and your laws should be sufficient to pass. Don’t take it so seriously that you don’t do anything but study BUT don’t faff all the time (and there will be A LOT of faffing) that you leave studying too late. Do the much you can daily. It would be annoying to have to come back to retake the exams.

Subject deficiencies The Nigeria law school requires certain courses to have been taken, it you haven’t taken them you will have to take extra classes on Friday – remedial classes. Those courses include Law of Evidence, Commercial Law, Tort, Contract…

 Books to buy

Make sure you have your laws: 1999 Constitution (as amended), Criminal Code, Penal Code, Land Use Act…

There will be many handouts and textbooks, some good-some bad, you’ll have to figure that out yourself. So, that’s a lot of information, I’m sure at least some of it is helpful, you’ll learn a lot more by actually being there. Feel free to ask me anything in the comments or however you like.

On a final note, it can be really hard to adjust but some serious fun is there to be had. I made some very awesome friends who I’m hoping to be called to the Nigerian Bar with shortly. Go with an open mind and expect the unexpected. Bar 2 is a whole different ball game, maybe I’ll do another post when the time comes. Wish you the best Prospective Zebras (my dad calls us that because we’re always in black and white).

Ms Johnson. xxx



Hey Everyone, Ok, so I deserted my blog for a few years now. I know…I’m horrible. I didn’t even think my webpage could still open but I guess here we are. I’m not here to make any promises about blogging constantly. I just remember how confused I was before starting at the Nigerian Law School so I’m putting some pointers out there for law students who are planning on starting at the Nigerian Law School, Bwari this May/June. So, I hope you find the information useful and please forward to your friends who need.

P.S.: This is not an official list, just some advice and pointers based on my own application process. *I am not liable for any steps left out or mistakes made on the basis of the pointers below*

A. APPLYING 1. Check the Nigerian Law School Website : .This has vital info:

– In particular, there is some information under the ‘Help’ section. Comb through it to find all the documents you are required to submit including:

  • Application Form which can be found online – fill and submit. Take notice of your application number and reference number, you’ll need them again.
  • The online application form (accompanied by the medical form) should be downloaded and printed. IT MUST BE NOTARISED BEFORE POSTING i.e. The content must be affirmed by a notary public/commissioner of Oaths. It cost me about £40 in the UK. It costs less than N1,000 (less than £4)  in Nigeria.
  • Copy of Degree Certificate & Academic Transcript: The originals are required, but you won’t have these if you’ve not graduated. Just get a copy of these from your institution that is somewhat legit. They won’t be expecting everyone to have graduated.
  • Copies of Forms B (If you’re a current student);  Copies of B1 & B2 (if you’re currently employed). I suggest printing out the relevant document and handing it over to the school/employer with an envelope that already has the correct posting address to make it easy for them to do the posting correctly.

The physical forms should be posted. I would advice having your own copy of these documents, you know..just in case.

2. Before submitting check with your friends also applying to ensure you haven’t missed out anything. Missing out a document in your original application or failing to do something you ought to can affect the status of your subsequent applications to Law School because the system doesn’t update quickly


4. Post with a reliable source e.g. DHL; UPS. Post sooner rather than later, give enough time before the deadline to allow for international posting. Some documents will have to be posted directly from your school or employer.

5. The medical form must be filled by a Doctor in a Nigerian GENERAL Hospital (as opposed to private Hospital). It’s advisable to know someone there instead of just showing up, or you may have to wait quite a while to be seen.


1. Arrive early to join the queue, if possible be in Abuja by the Night before registration . You don’t want to fall prey to delayed flights. Trust ME!

2. Ensure you have a copy of all your application documents; ID (e.g. Passport , Driver’s License); receipt & evidence of payment; evidence of acceptance/ offer letter; medical form; MANY passports photographs ( The more the merrier, but you should be fine with about 8-10).

3. If you may be staying in the Hostel, go with whoever you want to room with. It’s first come-first serve but they’d usually let you pick your room-mate if they’re there at the point of room allocation.

4. Once you’ve gotten accommodation, go check it out immediately to see what you need so you can make the relevant complaints, enquiries or purchases. You can always go and come back.

..That’s it for now. I intend to do a subsequent post for Lifestyle (Dressing, Living, Weather, Health..) & Academics – which is what I presume most of you really want to know about.

I hope you’ve found this helpful. If you have any questions..let me know in the comment section. I’ll be happy to help.

All the best at the Nigerian Law School, Prospective Zebras

Ms Johnson