Nigerian Lawyer Secures Scholarship After Winning Essay Competition

Noble Iheanacho, a Nigeria-qualified lawyer, has secured a part scholarship for BARBRI’s SQE1 Prep course for an essay on his vision of the 21st century solicitor, according to

Iheanacho completed his LLB program in Lagos and thereafter called to the Nigerian bar. He also has a diploma in management in law practice as well as a business analysis certification.

This educational background allows him to bring “a holistic perspective that combines legal acumen with a keen understanding of management and business analysis,” he says.

In his 1,000-word essay, Iheanacho discussed his vision of the 21st century solicitor, where he sought to examine the evolution of legal practice over time, highlighting the changes in legal systems and methods vis-à-vis client needs.

“As such, the solicitor of the future, like I concluded in my piece, must be multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional in approach, adopting and adapting to advanced strategies and techniques for better proficiency, expertise and significance.”
The scholarship will help further Iheanacho’s aspiration of being an international lawyer. With his experience of heading up the legal department of a multi-national management consultancy in Nigeria and setting up his own private practice, Iheanacho has been particularly attuned to the potential limitations of international transactions and their effect on cross-border business relationships.
During an interview with Legalcheek, Iheanacho said, “I am very excited to have won the BARBRI-Legal Cheek Scholarship Essay Competition. This is not only because of the scholarship award – which immensely assists with the achievement of my goal of dual-qualification, but also for the reason that it affords me with the necessary exposure and international visibility that I need to take my practice to the next level.”
Iheanacho further explains that it is the increasing pace of globalisation and technological advance which have fuelled his desire for multi-jurisdictional qualification, with England and Wales’ common law emerging as the most relevant option — and the SQE being the easiest route to pursue this ambition.