The management of the Ghana School of Law has proposed to the General Legal Council to consider converting the institution into a Council for Professional Legal Education as part of the processes to revert to the proposed two-year law programme
“Only those with accredited institutions will have their students taking the bar examination which will be conducted by the Council for Professional Education, which is the law school. They will write their exams multiple times and those who pass will be called to the bar and those who would not pass will try again,” it said.
At the Ghana School of Law’s annual Re-Akoto lectures in Accra yesterday, a Senior Lecturer of the school, Mr Maxwell Opoku Agyeman, said: “If we are able to do that, the whole issue of entrance examination and the depression that is associated with it will be
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He added that “the essence of reform is to produce
The lecture coincided with the school’s 59th Student Representative Council (SRC) Law Week celebration held on the theme: “60 years of legal education: The way forward.”
Responding to a question on whether the Ghana School of Law could be sustained for the next 60 years,
“The first intake of the school was 13 and, therefore, the urinals and toilets were provided for 13 people; now with 520 students, it is by divine intervention that students do not suffer
Some of the students at the lectures
On the way forward, he stated that the school’s management was of the opinion that the “school should be collapsed since it cannot contain the numbers that we are producing.
“Even if we establish multiple campuses, we have proposed to the Council to convert this school into a Council for Professional Legal Education,” he stressed.
The senior lecturer said
“I believe this is not fair and that is the more reason anytime they tell me the students are dumb, I say no they are not; because if some of us had been given these subjects that had been crammed, we would have failed. So it is up to us to look at the programme again and not rush people to do 10 subjects. I am happy we are now going back to five or six subjects in the first semester and the rest in the second year so as to pave the way for more practical orientation, court vocations,
Going forward, he said, management had proposed that students would use four months of their course to do their internship and two months for reporting as a way of giving them some rest to allow them to prepare from one semester to the other.
He said it was time permanent lecturers were recruited, questioning the essence of recruiting part-time lecturers who only spent limited time with their students.
“We are, therefore, proposing that the so-called decoupling of examination and lecturers should be reconsidered because it was based on a wrong assumption in the sense that they said WAEC and ICA conduct examination for people and they do not teach them, but they have forgotten that the ICA has no school, neither has WAEC a senior high school but the Ghana School of Law has a faculty and the two are not the same,” he stated.