Oyelowo Oyewo graduated with honours from the Faculty of Law, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)), Ile-Ife, Nigeria, in 1981. He attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982. He obtained the LL.M. degree from the University of Lagos in 1984. On a Fulbright scholarship to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), he obtained another LL.M. degree in 1990, and was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of California, USA in 1991.
His legal career started as a State Counsel (Federal) in the Chambers of the Attorney General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Justice, Marina, Lagos, in 1983. He later joined the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, as a Lecturer II in 1985, and was appointed Professor of Law in 2005, with effect from 2002. He was elected the Dean by his peers in the Faculty of Law in 2008, and served in that capacity till 2012. Oyelowo Oyewo has taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, and Environmental Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. He is the contributing editor of International Encyclopedia of Laws, Kluwer/Wolters Law International, Constitutional Law of Nigeria 2nd Edition, 2019. The author of Modern Administrative Law and Practice in Nigeria 2016, Local Government Law: Cases and Materials 2016; A Century of Constitutions in Nigeria 1914-2014 And Beyond, 2019; and Fundamental Rights in Nigeria: Law and Practice (2020). He has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented several papers at international, Regional and Local Professional Conferences and Congresses.
Prof. Oyewo is a member of several professional and academic bodies, including: the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL) (was the President of the Association from 2013-2014); Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT) (was the President of NALT from 2011-2012); Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); and I-CONS. He is also an Associate of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL), and presently the Convener/Coordinator of the Nigerian Association of Constitutional Law (NACL)(NACL is an affiliate of ANCL).
His contributions to the legal profession include service as: a Member of the Council of Legal Education (CLE), Nigerian Law School (NLS) from 2008-2012 and 2019 – 2023; a Member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Advance Legal Studies (NIALS) from 2009-2011; an Expert/Consultant to the Nigerian Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS); Expert/Consultant to the Nigerian Law Reforms Commission (NLRC); Member General Council of the Bar (GCB); Vice-Chairman, Oyo State Judicial Service Commission; Member, Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN); and Member, Body of Benchers (BOB).
In the field of practice of Law, he was in practice with the Law Firm of PAC Solicitors & Co, 2013 – 2019, as a Partner and the Head of Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department; and before then practiced with the Law Firm of Akinwumi, Oyewo & Co, 1994 – 2012. He is currently serving as the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Oyo State Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration of Nigeria (FCIArb); Fellow of the Bankruptcy Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (FBR); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI), among others. He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on 14th December, 2020.
Professor Oyelowo Oyewo has also served on corporate boards, such as: Chairman, Glanvill Enthoven (Insurance Brokers) Ltd; Director, Lafarge Cement (Wapco) Plc; Director, Centre for Law & Business; Director, Agric International Technology & Trade (Agrited) Ltd; among others.
He is married, and the marriage of more than thirty-five years, is blessed with three children.