The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General Gloria Akuffo is expected to address the JoyFm Thought Leadership Forum on the controversial subject of legal education in Ghana.
She faces the hurdle convincing younger Ghanaians that the 'hurdles' put in place to select the next batch of lawyers is unfair and anachronistic.
Legal Education in Ghana: Which way forward?
In July 2017, the Supreme Court in the case of Kwaku Asare v. Attorney-General and General Legal Council declared as unconstitutional the conduct of examinations and interviews by the General Legal Council (GLC) before admitting students into the Professional Law Course.
The Court reasoned that the said examinations and interviews were inconsistent with the constitution and the Professional Law Course Regulations, 1984 (LI 1296). The Court, therefore, ordered the GLC to put in place within 6 months a new system of admissions into the professional law course.
Seven months later, the GLC is seeking legislative approval to maintain the status quo.
The Association of Law Students has petitioned the President to impress upon Parliament to vote against the legislative instrument. They argue that if passed in its current form, the said L.I will only restrict access to legal education.
Some respected legal practitioners also argue that the current system must be expanded to admit more law students to pursue the Professional Law Course because the country badly needs the services of lawyers.
According to the Ghana Bar Association, there are 3,898 practicing lawyers in the country. For a population of 26 million, this number of lawyers is woefully inadequate.
However, the General Legal Council argues that falling standards in the legal profession are a justification for the stringent process for admission into the Ghana School of Law.
So what is the way forward for legal education in Ghana?
At this stakeholder forum, key speakers will be tasked with making proposals on how to reform legal education in Ghana.
They include Ranking Member, Legal Constitutional, and Parliamentary Affairs committee of parliament Inusah Fuseini, a lecturer at the Ghana School of Law Maxwell Opoku Agyemang.
Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh who is Executive Director, CDD-Ghana and Samson Lardy Anyenini who is managing partner at A-Partners@Law.
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Venue: Alisa Hotel, Ridge
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