The Diploma in Law has been developed by Centre de Perfectionnement aux Techniques Economiques et Commerciales ‘CPTEC’ (Center for Development in Economic and Commercial Techniques) to provide a qualification for students who are seeking to work in the legal industry or in occupations where a practical knowledge of the legal industry will be of utility. It acts as both a standalone qualification and progression to a further degree aspiration for students. Though, the main aim of the Diploma in Law is to give students the legal knowledge and practical insight into the workings of the legal industry. In particular, students will get an insight into the workings of law firms and the role that they can play in law firms across the region. Holders of the Diploma will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the major theories and concepts in law.
The Diploma of Law will be of interest to students planning a career where a knowledge of fundamental legal principles and basic legal skills will be of use, e.g. business administration, legal administration, federal, state or local government administration. It will also be of interest to students who have a general interest in the law as an area of study. It will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Some core skills covered include; familiarity with the fundamental features of Nigeria and regional French legal system, the principles of business law and contract law, contemporary legal and ethical issues confronting regional society, communicating in groups, conflict resolution, problem solving, individual and group decision making, and an understanding of ethics, morals and cultural beliefs. Successful completion of the Diploma of Law guarantees students a place in most undergraduate degrees at CPTEC, with a possible 120 credit points credited towards their new program of study. Successful completion of the Diploma of Law will provide students with a pathway to most CPTEC undergraduate degrees, including the Bachelor of Laws, or a start to their career where a knowledge of fundamental legal principles and basic legal skills will be of use, e.g. business administration, legal administration, federal, state or local government administration.
The diploma programme consists of the following Core Modules:
- Legal Research Methods/ Systems (English and French)
- Intellectual Property Law
- Family Law
- Land/Property Law and Conveyance
- Wills and Estates
- Commercial and Company Law
- Criminal Law
- Law of Tort and Civil Obligation
- Equity and Trust
- Torts Law
- Contract Law
- Public Law
Minimum Academic Entry Requirement
In order to qualify for admission, a student must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements:
- By University Matriculation Entry Mode
- At least S.S.S. Certificate or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level with credit passes in five (5) subjects, including English Language and Literature in English obtained at not more than two sittings; Such a candidate must also have an acceptable pass in the University Matriculation Examination (UME). or
- Through Direct Entry Mode:
- (a) A two-year or three-year Diploma certificate plus credit passes in three (3) papers, including English Language and Literature in English in the S.S.S.
- Certificate examination or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level or their equivalent; or
- (b) Three (3) papers at principal or Advanced Level in Higher School Certificate or G.C.E. together with credit passes in English Language and Literature in English in the S.S.S. Certificate Examination or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level or their equivalent, or
- (c) Two (2) papers at Principal or Advanced Level in HSC or GCE plus credit passes in three (3) other papers (including English Language and Literature in English) in S.S.S. Certificate examination or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level or their equivalent.
- Two passes in GCE A Level Examinations; or Completion of equivalent High School qualification (12 years); or
- Pass in appropriate Foundation / Certificate programme; or
- A distinction or credit pass in the Certificate in Law programme from a recognized university or any other professional or Training in a relevant field from a credited professional or training institution
- Other similar qualifications; or
- Mature Entry Route (MER) Minimum age of 21 plus work experience (2 years min) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
- Achieved a grade C6 or better in English language O level; or
- All international students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of their linguistic ability by gaining a minimum level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, prior to receiving an offer for the course.
Assessment and Delivery Method
The curriculum is taught over 4 terms of 8 weeks with each term covering 2 subjects. Each subject of this part-time programme will be delivered over an 8-week cycle comprising 32 contact hours which include face-to-face as well as technology-integrated learning. Each unit is assessed by any combination of class participation, written assignments, project or examinations. Assessment methods may vary according to individual unit requirements. Students who successfully complete and pass the modules stipulated in the course structures will be awarded the Diploma in Laws from CPTEC University, Togo.
Lectures Method. Lectures, Tutorial, Seminars, Workshops, Case study and Exercises, Class Discussion
Full-Time/Full-Time: Every 2 months/ modular. Intake falls in,
Full-Time/Part-Time: Every 3 months/ modular. Intake falls in, January, April, July, September, November
Minimum Age. At least 18 years old
Course structure and duration
The Diploma in Laws programme shall be offered for 4 semesters and shall consist of not less than 24 units. The programme shall not be less than 2 academic years and not more than 4 years on full time or part time basis. Each academic year shall be of two semesters, and Each semester shall be of 16 weeks of which 14 weeks shall be for learning and 2 weeks for end of semester university examinations.
In all trimesters of study, admission to a specific unit shall be subject to the candidate meeting the requirements of the School of Law. A student wishing to temporarily suspend his/her studies must apply for academic leave. The leave becomes official only when endorsed by the Dean, School of Law. Academic leave can only be taken at the beginning of the trimester. The leave cannot extend beyond two (2) successive trimesters and will be considered as part of the course duration. A candidate on academic leave must renew his/her registration at the beginning of every trimester. Also, a student who no longer wishes to remain in the School of Law can withdraw from the school by writing to the Registrar, Academic Affairs. The withdrawal becomes effective when endorsed by the Senate. Provided that a student who absents himself from the School of Law programme without academic leave will be deemed to have withdrawn from the School. A student who withdraws is not eligible for re-admission.
Graduation and Awards
The general assessment for the Diploma in Law programme are stated below, though may vary as per the module
- Assignment/Class test –40%
- Final Exam –60%
Student must achieve an overall passing grade of 40%. If students fail to achieve an overall passing grade of 40%, students will be permitted one retake attempt in each failed assessment and failure of this retake will require students to re-module the failed module(s) again in full prior to additional retake attempt. Students must complete and pass all required modules in this course to receive a Diploma in Law certification. Students who are for any reason unable to complete the Diploma and who have successfully passed a minimum of 4 modules are eligible for an Exit Award of a Certificate in Law