Afe Babalola SAN was called to the Bar in England in 1963. He is a member of the Lincoln’s Inn, London, a registered member of the Bar of England and Wales and a distinguished member of the Nigerian Bar.
Aare Babalola started his legal practice in the Chambers of Olu Ayoola and remained there until 1965, when he established the firm of Afe Babalola SAN & Co (Emmanuel Chambers).
He was admitted into the Nigerian Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1987. Aare Babalola has been in practice for over 50 years and is an active uninterrupted member of the Nigeria Bar Association and International Bar Association (IBA). He is a fellow and president of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria, fellow of the Leadership Institute of Nigeria, and a member of the Body of Benchers, the highest legal body in Nigeria. He was the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos from 2001 to 2007, and is a traditional chief (the Aare of Yorubaland), a holder of the award of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).
Aare Babalola is actively involved in both domestic and international educational activities. In 2010, he established the Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, a not-for-profit federal government-licensed private university.