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Lady who couldn’t make first class in University says Making first class in Law School consoled her

She couldn’t make first class in her first degree at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State when she graduated in the 2014/2015 session where she had 4.34 CGPA, but on getting to Law School, she made it. 24-year-old Falade Faith in this interview with TUNDE AJAJA shares what she did differently

You couldn’t make first class from the university but you had it in Law School. Would you say it’s easier to have first class in the Law School?

It depends on individuals. Law school is just a year programme and one could still graduate with the least grade. A mistake in a course can deny anyone the opportunity of graduating with a first class, but in the university, you have five years and it is cumulative, so there are opportunities to improve on your mistakes and still attain a first class.

Since the issue of cumulative could make it easier in the university, did you feel bad that you didn’t make first class in school?

I did not feel bad about not making a first class, because I knew I still had another opportunity. I did not even plan to make a first class in school, until after I saw my result in my first year and I had a good performance. Then, I told myself that it was possible to have it, so I started working towards it because I’m always optimistic and I never allow negativity rule my mind. It didn’t happen eventually, even though I was close to it. I graduated with 4.3 CGPA. So, I was of the view that if I made first class in the university and I did not reciprocate same in law school, it would not only be an embarrassment to me but to my university. So, not making first class at the university? I took it with good faith and looked at the positivity in it. I then decided that I wanted it in law school and I made that conscious decision since my first day. With that mindset, I put in my best and I bless God for the result. I see it as consolation.

Did anything change in your schedule and activities between when you were in school and in Law School?

A lot of things changed. I read every day for the period I was in the Law School, even though I was still involved in social activities. I made sure I read ahead of each class. I also read differently from how I did in the university; I did not restrict myself to textbooks only, I read the laws directly, I asked questions from my mates and seniors for clarifications. I also asked practising lawyers for what obtained in practice. The combination of all those perspectives helped me greatly. At the early stage in Law School, it was quite challenging to cope with the system. In fact, I almost gave up. But after I followed the strategy we were taught on how to read smart, I discovered that Law School exam was just as easy as every other exam I had written before. That made it easier for me.

Were there things you loved to do that you had to let go?

No, I didn’t let go of anything. I was still myself; just that I kept putting in my best. I was involved in social activities because if I had stopped, I would have found that one year boring and I would not have been able to study well. I just had to combine everything in a smart way and put my studies above other activities. In my room, when others were reading novels or watching movies, I made sure my books were my own movies because of what I was working towards and I didn’t want to be behind. I always wanted to be ahead of the class teachings and I always encouraged my friends to do same. Sometimes, I even forced them to read. Anytime I learnt something new from my seniors, I would share it with them. Some of them always taunted me that I was ‘too serious’ while some would ask if I wanted to be a professor of law.

What attracted you to Law?

Studying Law was never my dream as a child. Then, I aspired to be a pilot because I saw pilots in movies and loved their uniform. Growing up, I changed my mind and wanted to become a surgeon. After my secondary school education, my sister was to register for GCE the following year and I wanted to join her because it was going to be fun meeting up with old school mates at the exam centre, but I already made my results as a science student. I knew my dad was not going to allow me and so I had to tell him I wanted to take Art subjects. When I informed him, he was very impressed, he returned home that evening with all the textbooks I needed for the exam and included some law textbooks, I read them all and passed and I suddenly developed interest in Law. This also prompted me to watch law related movies and programmes which further attracted me to the profession.

What would you say of your performance in your previous schools?

When I was in primary three, I was so unserious and I came home with a very bad result. My mum said I was going to repeat the class, but someone told my mum to give me another chance and that all I needed was to pay more attention to my studies. The person told her to encourage me, talk to me and make me read some more. I realised that when I got to primary four, things changed, I became more serious and my result improved. In fact, I had the best result in primary four.  So, I would say the threat to make me repeat a class made me pay more attention to my studies. When I was in secondary school I used to be an average student. I was nonchalant about my academics, and all I wanted was just to pass, and I always passed. When I took the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, I didn’t make Chemistry, but I had it in the one organised by National Examination Council. Meanwhile, my dad insisted I made all my papers in my WASSCE, so I had to take it again. Due to that, I could not gain admission that first year, even though I passed my Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. I took UTME thrice and I passed all. When I took my second UTME and post UTME, I could not secure admission because the university I chose wanted to merge my set with the following year, so I had to register for pre degree at the Federal University of Technology, Akure that year, which I finished. I planned to choose FUTA in my next UTME but the result of the GCE I took came out and I passed. So, the next UTME I took I chose University of Benin and AAUA. I was offered English Education at UNIBEN while I was offered Law in AAUA. The essence of taking those Art subjects was to study Law, and that was what AAUA offered me.

What would you ascribe your success to?

Firstly to God who saw me through and preserved my life till date. He protected me, gave me wisdom and all I needed to be a success. I give him all the glory and adoration. Then, I enjoyed the maximum support of my parents and that of my siblings, for their constant prayers and attention. I also attribute this success to my school, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba because the teaching method there is excellent, and that made learning in Law School easier for me. Lastly, my friends from both university and Law School were fantastic. One thing I didn’t joke with when I got to the Law School was to read ahead of each class, and that made it easy for me to understand when we were being taught in class and to clarify the issues I had when reading. In addition, I did not allow the topics to pile up, and before I slept each day, I used to review what we were taught in school over and over again. That helped greatly.

Would you like to practise Law?

Yes, I want to practise law fully. There are various aspects of Law, like litigation, real estate, corporate law, etc., but I like to have a feel of each of them. I’m at a learning stage and this is the time I have to learn everything about other aspects, even though my main interest is in litigation. Now, I’m undergoing my National Youth Service Corps programme in a firm in Lagos, and basically, I do all that is assigned to me, which helps me to learn different things.

In many law firms, the remuneration is poor, which could be discouraging. Does that bother you in any way?

It depends on the law firm. There are some that pay well. For me, I look beyond the pay. If I’m in somebody’s law firm and I’m getting a fair pay while I’m getting the experience, which is going to be useful for me now and later, it is okay. For example, when I have my own firm, I need the experience I would have acquired. So, I believe one has to look beyond the pay.


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