The Coalition for the Reformation of Legal Education have called on the Independent Examination Board of the General Legal Council and the General Legal Council to immediately withdraw what they call “discriminatory” requirements in the new law school Entrance Examination.
On 3rd June, 2019, the Independent Examination Board of the General Legal Council, published an advertisement on page 30 of the Daily Graphic Newspaper calling for applications from suitably qualified candidates to be submitted to it by 12th July, 2019 to qualify to partake in an examination called the ‘Entrance Examination for Admission to The Professional Law Course of the Ghana School of Law in October 2019’.
The group, who were not satisfied with the conditions in the said advertisement, are calling on the Independent Examination Board and the Ghana’s General Legal system to review the requirements and make it amenable to the 1992 constitution.
In an interview with Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, Law Student and convener for The Coalition for the Reformation of Legal Education, Kenneth Agyei Koranchie explained that throughout the world, the primary qualification for undergoing a professional legal education is the Bachelor of Laws Certificate (LL. B).
He added that However, in some jurisdictions such as England, where we adopted the law as we know it in Ghana today, people with first degrees in other courses are allowed into the law program subject to a one-year law conversion course.
According to Kenneth Agyei Koranchie, the phenomenon of an entrance examination is a uniquely Ghanaian and unwelcome wrinkle on the route to qualification into the legal profession, and is uniquely cruel.
This he said will prevent people who aspire and who are qualified to undergo professional legal training, from pursuing their dream.
He noted that the entrance examination has once been declared unconstitutional in the case of Professor Stephen Kweku Asare versus the Attorney General and the General Legal Council (WRIT NO. J1/1/2016 dated 22ND June, 2017), and its constitutionality is again under challenge in the case of Kenneth Kwabena Agyei Kuranchie versus the Attorney General and the General Legal Council SUIT. NO JI/09/2019).
“The Coalition for the Reformation of Legal Education in Ghana is calling on the General Legal Council and Independent Examination Board should withdraw the advertisement with immediate effect and consider and review the advertisement before is re-issuance. We believe strongly that if the General Legal Council were to give due consideration to the concerns of the law students, it would withdraw the advertisement and scrap the entrance examination”, he said.
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