Admission requirement to Study Common Law

Last updated on July 12th, 2018 at 11:46 pm

O Level & A Level Requirement – Subject Combination for Common Law; including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering the Course, WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB UTME, Direct Entry, IJBM, JUPEB, CAMBRIDGE, NABTEB, Course Description and Career Opportunities 



  • JAMB officially classified this course under Faculty/School/College of Law.
  • Probable Degree type – LLB. (HONS)

You can skip this first introductory paragraph if you’re a returing visitor. The admission requirement to study Common Law in Unilorin includes one or a combination of ‘O’ level results or A-level result if you’re going through Direct Entry. This page will literally answer questions such as WAEC subject combination, JAMB UTME subject combination, Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers), where you can work with the degree and the required documents for admission into Nigeria universities.If you’re still having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that may be of benefit to you.


I hope you’re not considering this course because it is “COMMON”. This course runs deep and uncodified. Have you considered other options such as LawPublic and Private and International Law and? and Civil Law  I’ll advice you to go through many options as possible.

What is O level/WAEC subject combination (requirement) for Common Law?
The subjects needed to study Common Law in WAEC must contain five (5) credit. This subject combination is also applicable to NECO AND GCE… The O level requirement that is the compulsory WAEC subject combination for Common Law must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Literature in English
  3. Mathematics If you don’t have credit in Mathematics, Click here
  4. A Trade Subjects


When I mentioned uncodified. I means that there is no comprehensive compilation of legal rules and statutes. While common law does rely on some scattered statutes, which are legislative decisions, it is largely based on precedent, meaning the judicial decisions that have already been made in similar cases. These precedents are maintained over time through the records of the courts as well as historically documented in collections of case law known as yearbooks and reports. The precedents to be applied in the decision of each new case are determined by the presiding judge. As a result, judges have an enormous role in shaping the face of law.

Common law functions as an adversarial system, a contest between two opposing parties before a judge who moderates. A jury of ordinary people without legal training decides on the facts of the case. The judge then determines the appropriate sentence based on the jury’s verdict.


What is JAMB UTME subject combination (subject needed) for Common Law?
You should aim for a score of 180 – 200 and above in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just an advice) because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider College of Education or Polytechnic… Please note – JAMB is not the only option for admission. If you’re having troubles JAMB UTME maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND or Predegree. JAMB UTME subject combination (subject to write in jamb) for Common Law are Literature-in-English and any two other Arts/or Social Science subjects.


What is Direct Entry requirement (that is the required A-level result you need) to study Common Law?
(i) Two ‘A’ Level passes in GCE/IJMB in Arts or Social Science subjects.
(ii) First Degree (Second Class Lower) of an accredited University.
(iii) Diploma (Upper Grade) in Law


Just a reminder: Everything you have read so far is a general requirement, it is expedient that you also check the special consideration for this course below. If for some reasons you are not satisfied or cannot meet up with the subject combination above, perhaps you should consider taking a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related course subject requirements. You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice.


So now that you know the compulsory WAEC, JAMB subject combination for Common Law, (which is also applicable to NECO and GCE) as well as A-level result/certificate. Before you make a decision on which University to choose, please consider

  • The Fees
  • The Distance
  • The Environment
  • The Degree Certificate
  • Vulnerability to Strike
  • Acceptable O level and A-level Result
  • Academic Calendar

See useful guides on how to choose a course and university
According to 2017/2018 JAMB Brochure, only University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) offer Common Law


Where can I work with a Degree in Common Law? 
I believe you now know the subjects required to study Common Law. I urge you to also find out where you can work with the degree. Please take your time to read The Act of Getting a Job – so you would know what you’re up against after graduating. Career opportunities will be added when we revisit this page.


The SSCE O level and A-level subject needed to study Common Law have been listed above but, some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results. You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for this course if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for this course had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar.

Special Consideration

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration to Common Law?
(i) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts passes in the following:- (a) HND (excluding Secretarial Studies); (b) ACIS;. (c) LL.B (UNIVERSITY OF LONDON) (d) Two-year Diploma in Law of an accredited Government Institution with at least Upper Credit grade. (e) A’ level pass in English Literature may be considered in lieu of O’level requirement in Literature-in-English (f) Degree holders need not possess Literature-in-English. (g) Where a Diploma is of four grades:- Distinction, Credit, Merit and Pass – Credit grade is accepted for Direct Admission.

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration to Common Law:
(i) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires Literature-in-English plus any two subject

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