I remember being in the University and learning that Environmental law was very lucrative and that the pay for lawyers who specialized in it was over a hundred thousand plus. I don’t even know if it was true oh.
But Gbam! I had found my new dream field even though my interest was actually criminal and company law. Don’t judge me, 100k was very big money then. Lol. At least big enough to change career directions.
My friend ( she died in our fourth year) and I were determined to become environmental lawyers. The fact that I had no great passion for the environment and only managed to get a B after reading and reading didn’t deter me . My friend at least got an A. That criminal law was my passion also didn’t deter me. ( I won a prize for being the best in Criminal Law in my set from both the lecturer and the University) , all I knew was that I must read Environmental Law. Lol.
Environmental Law didn’t even rank among my five best Courses oh. I also won a prize for Comercial Law so one would have thought that I would have opted for that if Criminal Law wasn’t viable. But No, it was Environmental Law or nothing.
It wasn’t even as if it was easy to pass oh, I struggled. Cramming all those Environmental Law sections was very tedious for me , I just didn’t like it, and I had to read and re read before I could grasp it .
It just wasn’t flowing. One would think I would have realized that I wasn’t cut out to be an Environmental Lawyer oh, but I wasn’t deterred.
I wanted to go do my Masters in the UK. I applied to UCL and University of Kent, and got admission. Guess the course I applied to read ? You guessed right. Environmental law. I was all geared up oh, but a pastor told my mum and I that I must not travel that year or else I would be sick. Hian! I was certain the pastor didn’t hear right but my mum was like “No way, better wait” . I was so angry at my mum and that pastor ehn, he was like a kill-joy sent to spoil all my plans. lol.
I didn’t realize that God was looking out for me. I would have regretted wasting all that money on a course I didn’t like, plus I would have made a bad Environmental Lawyer. Ok maybe not too Bad, but one that didn’t have the required passion or love sef for her work. The only thing I knew about Environmental degradation and oil pollution in the South South of Nigeria, I learnt from reading about it and from a friend who worked in Shell, Warri.
Worse still, my present job has nothing to do with the Environment.
As per I Siddon for Nigeria, I started looking for a job actively, and in the meantime I did my Masters Programme at Unilag. Their Llm Programme isn’t a specialized one. You do four Courses and project work, and you are done.
Then I got a job . Guess the field I found myself in, Lol. Criminal Law. Funny enough, even when I did my youth service, and served at the Ministry of Justice, I was always following the Lawyers to Court and writing Legal Advice. But it was also heavy ; real life stuff like: murder, armed robbery, stealing etc. Sometimes you get chills realizing that the murder weapon described in the case file actually killed someone. Sometimes you saw pictures. Honestly, looking back now, I couldn’t have coped with that long time. Thank God it was just for one year Nysc.
My one year at the Ministry put me off Practicing though. Court was very slow and boring. In fact when I applied for my Job, I was happy that there was a vacancy for lawyers that didn’t involve Court or Law at all. And I applied.
Guess where I was posted to after I scaled through , lol. Legal Dept. With plenty Court appearances.
You see my life? Lol.