WAEC, JAMB Subject Combinations for Islamic/Sharia Law

Last updated on July 12th, 2018 at 11:42 pm

O Level & A Level Requirement – Subject Combination for Islamic/Sharia 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 must be an Art or Commercial student with a good background in government/History/Literature for you to study Islamic/Sharia Law Nigeria Universities, and you must fulfil the admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to O level and A-level requirement for Law.  That is the WAEC subject combination, JAMB UTME subject combination, Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers) 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 do not know the reason why you have choosen to study Islamic/Sharia Law of all the courses you can choose from. But be it as it may, It’s your choice anyway. This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the sources, nature and function of Islamic law in historical context; as well as to offer a framework for thinking about social realities and institutional structures that help shape Islamic law and explain legal change in Islamic law contexts.

What is O level/WAEC subject combination (requirement) for Islamic/Sharia Law?
The subjects needed to study Islamic/Sharia 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 Islamic/Sharia Law must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Islamic Studies or Arabic.
  3. A trade subject


The study of Islamic/Sharia Law can be a forbidding prospect for those entering the field for the first time. The aims of this course is to provide indebt understanding of the sources of Islamic Law, their interpretation, and of the ‘Schools of Law’ which predominate in the Muslim World. The case studies, in particular, aim to engage students to assess critically past and present understandings in the contexts of modernity, post-modernity, ‘human rights’, and social change. Am speaking jargone right?

This course also aims to encourage comparative legal analysis to assess generalizations about law typically formulated with respect to legal traditions. This includes a critical analysis of the legal history, jurisprudential development, the schools of Islamic law, classical and modern theories, evolution of the law up to the present, and its contemporary applications. During the course of study, this degree programme will survey the most pressing areas in which traditional Islamic norms remain relevant today—criminal law, family law, and commercial law; it will also survey the developments and new constitutional controversies in the public law spheres in Nigeria and other countries.


What is JAMB UTME subject combination (subject needed) for Islamic/Sharia 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 Islamic/Sharia Law are Arabic or Islamic Studies


What is Direct Entry requirement (that is the required A-level result you need) to study Islamic/Sharia Law?
Two ‘A’ level passes to include Islamic Studies or Arabic


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 Islamic/Sharia 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

List of Nigeria Universities offering Islamic/Sharia Law include;

  1. Kogi State University Anyigba
  2. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  3. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria


Where can I work with a Degree in Islamic/Sharia Law? 
I believe you now know the subjects required to study Islamic/Sharia 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 Islamic/Sharia 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 (Waiver) for Islamic/Sharia Law?
(i)Bayero University, Kano (BUK) does not accept NCE.

(ii) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) accepts degree with a minimum of third class plus Credit in five subjects to include English Language, Literature in English, Islamic Studies or Arabic Studies and any other two subjects at ‘O’ Level.

(iii) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts at Least A’ level passes in Islamic or Arabic with Arts/Social Sciences subjects, Diploma in Law (Upper credit), a relevant degree of an accredited University or NCE with Arabic or Islamic Studies as major. Requires Distinction or Credit grade where a Diploma is of Distinction, Credit, Merit and Pass grades

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE, Special Consideration (Waiver) for Islamic/Sharia Law?
(i) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Islamic Studies or Arabic and any other two subjects in Arts or Social Sciences. (Civic Education /Government/History).

(ii)Bayero University, Kano (BUK) requires Islamic Studies/Arabic and Literature in English for Common and Islamic Law.

(iii) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) requires a credit pass in literature in English.

(iv) Kogi State University Anyigba requires five Credit passes at SSCE and or GCE O/L in English Language. Literature in English and three other relevant Arts, Social Sciences, or Science subject

What is JAMB UTME Special Consideration (Waiver) for Islamic/Sharia Law?
(i) Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK) requires Arabic

(ii) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria require Arabic or Islamic Studies and any other two Arts or Social Science subjects.

(iii) Any two Arts or Social Science subjects including Literature in English.

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