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As
a child, I hoped to be a Historian or a Psychologist, but that changed when my
father declared that he would only pay my tuition if I agreed to study Law. I
hated the idea of being a lawyer; I had no choice but to submit to his bidding.
I went through the better part of my undergraduate Law programme passively.
This had an adverse effect on my grades in my first four years because I
studied just enough to enable me pass, and scale through to the next semester.
Although I never failed my courses, I didn’t make stellar grades either. I
was never passionate about Law. I didn’t therefore have clear goals. I did not
prepare, and I really was indifferent about attending law school. I owe my
change of heart to one of the most outstanding Professors I ever met, Professor
M.T Ladan, my Jurisprudence lecturer. At this point, I was in the first
semester of my final year. I was influenced by his in-depth knowledge and passion
for the law. Through his teaching, my interest in the law was aroused and
deepened, as his course opened my eyes to a whole new level of understanding
about the systems in which we operate—especially our legal system vis-a-vis the
concepts of governance, justice and equality. I steadily gained the motivation
to succeed, and my final year and bar results are proof of this self-awakening.

                              

In
the years following my graduation, I began to explore the intersections of
politics, socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion and other identities that
shape the polity. It is indeed heart rendering seeing how politics has
polarized Nigeria along religious and ethnic lines. Poor governance and
corruption has plunged the nation into a spate of political, social and
economic devastation and insecurity, which have greatly undermined our
democracy. The role of visionless, self-serving and corrupt leadership in
crippling the nation cannot be overemphasised. It is glaring that the present crops of national leaders and
politicians have abandoned the people’s interest to cater for their own pockets
with various policies converting national wealth to personal chattels. The
political rulers and the so called intellectual elites among our people have
allowed money to turn their professed commitment to the welfare of the other
citizens to nothing more than political strategy. The purity and neutrality of
the judiciary, the academia, and law enforcements itself is in jeopardy. This
does not augur well for a healthy society where democracy could thrive. It seems
that so far, we have not been able even to scratch the surface of the matter
and yet it is urgent and imperative that we must be able to effect at least a
semblance of fair and just administration of governance, if this nation is to
survive. As we strive towards a nation devoid of ethnocentrism and religious
bigotry, the need for a qualitative and genuine democracy cannot be overlooked.
During this period, which many believe is a period of “change”, the nation will
benefit from the input some of us are able to make.

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I
intend to pursue an LL.M, and shortly afterwards a Ph.D, to develop my ability
to reason consistently and plausibly, to help me understand and broaden my
interest in the law and be able to teach it to others, as I find the academic
world fascinating. It is challenging but knowledge and understanding of the law
can be a valuable tool in facilitating positive change in Nigeria and the world
as a whole. My primary interests are in the area of legal theory and
jurisprudence, political theory, human rights, social justice, professional
responsibility and constitutional law. I have a keen interest in the issues of governance,
democracy, political corruption, terrorism financing, legal reforms and
challenges facing the development of the rule of law in Nigeria. Upon
successful completion of my academic programmes, I plan to return to my country
to take up a teaching job. My long term goal is to be a Professor of Law and a
National Influencer on Legal and political Issues, like Professor Ladan, a
Hubert Humphrey Fellow, who is a leader in the field of Human Rights,
Environmental and Energy law, and a strong social justice advocate. I plan to
leverage my legal studies and career success into bringing help and visibility
to problems plaguing my country.

 

I
am particularly keen on pursuing my Graduate Course in George Washington
University because I am aware that the University offers its students the opportunity
to study law with renowned faculty members in an ideal
location-Washington, D.C., the centre of the most dynamic legal and policy
activity in the United States, the land of Lincoln, the most prosperous and powerful
nation, from where modern day democracy was birthed. Because of its location in
the nation’s capital, I anticipate that the law school would offer unparalleled
opportunities for the study and observation of law in action, internship
opportunities and networking options, which makes this university my top choice
among law schools. I believe GW Law would provide me with excellent training
for my chosen career path, thereby giving me the competitive edge in the
increasingly globalized legal market.

As
a child, I hoped to be a Historian or a Psychologist, but that changed when my
father declared that he would only pay my tuition if I agreed to study Law. I
hated the idea of being a lawyer; I had no choice but to submit to his bidding.
I went through the better part of my undergraduate Law programme passively.
This had an adverse effect on my grades in my first four years because I
studied just enough to enable me pass, and scale through to the next semester.
Although I never failed my courses, I didn’t make stellar grades either. I
was never passionate about Law. I didn’t therefore have clear goals. I did not
prepare, and I really was indifferent about attending law school. I owe my
change of heart to one of the most outstanding Professors I ever met, Professor
M.T Ladan, my Jurisprudence lecturer. At this point, I was in the first
semester of my final year. I was influenced by his in-depth knowledge and passion
for the law. Through his teaching, my interest in the law was aroused and
deepened, as his course opened my eyes to a whole new level of understanding
about the systems in which we operate—especially our legal system vis-a-vis the
concepts of governance, justice and equality. I steadily gained the motivation
to succeed, and my final year and bar results are proof of this self-awakening.

                              

In
the years following my graduation, I began to explore the intersections of
politics, socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion and other identities that
shape the polity. It is indeed heart rendering seeing how politics has
polarized Nigeria along religious and ethnic lines. Poor governance and
corruption has plunged the nation into a spate of political, social and
economic devastation and insecurity, which have greatly undermined our
democracy. The role of visionless, self-serving and corrupt leadership in
crippling the nation cannot be overemphasised. It is glaring that the present crops of national leaders and
politicians have abandoned the people’s interest to cater for their own pockets
with various policies converting national wealth to personal chattels. The
political rulers and the so called intellectual elites among our people have
allowed money to turn their professed commitment to the welfare of the other
citizens to nothing more than political strategy. The purity and neutrality of
the judiciary, the academia, and law enforcements itself is in jeopardy. This
does not augur well for a healthy society where democracy could thrive. It seems
that so far, we have not been able even to scratch the surface of the matter
and yet it is urgent and imperative that we must be able to effect at least a
semblance of fair and just administration of governance, if this nation is to
survive. As we strive towards a nation devoid of ethnocentrism and religious
bigotry, the need for a qualitative and genuine democracy cannot be overlooked.
During this period, which many believe is a period of “change”, the nation will
benefit from the input some of us are able to make.

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I
intend to pursue an LL.M, and shortly afterwards a Ph.D, to develop my ability
to reason consistently and plausibly, to help me understand and broaden my
interest in the law and be able to teach it to others, as I find the academic
world fascinating. It is challenging but knowledge and understanding of the law
can be a valuable tool in facilitating positive change in Nigeria and the world
as a whole. My primary interests are in the area of legal theory and
jurisprudence, political theory, human rights, social justice, professional
responsibility and constitutional law. I have a keen interest in the issues of governance,
democracy, political corruption, terrorism financing, legal reforms and
challenges facing the development of the rule of law in Nigeria. Upon
successful completion of my academic programmes, I plan to return to my country
to take up a teaching job. My long term goal is to be a Professor of Law and a
National Influencer on Legal and political Issues, like Professor Ladan, a
Hubert Humphrey Fellow, who is a leader in the field of Human Rights,
Environmental and Energy law, and a strong social justice advocate. I plan to
leverage my legal studies and career success into bringing help and visibility
to problems plaguing my country.

 

I
am particularly keen on pursuing my Graduate Course in George Washington
University because I am aware that the University offers its students the opportunity
to study law with renowned faculty members in an ideal
location-Washington, D.C., the centre of the most dynamic legal and policy
activity in the United States, the land of Lincoln, the most prosperous and powerful
nation, from where modern day democracy was birthed. Because of its location in
the nation’s capital, I anticipate that the law school would offer unparalleled
opportunities for the study and observation of law in action, internship
opportunities and networking options, which makes this university my top choice
among law schools. I believe GW Law would provide me with excellent training
for my chosen career path, thereby giving me the competitive edge in the
increasingly globalized legal market.

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