A Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Justice Nene Amegatcher is blaming the infrastructural challenge that is denying hundreds of graduates access to the Ghana School of Law on the National Accreditation Board.
He says the Board solely approving legal faculties in both public and private institutions without the corresponding knowledge of the General Legal Council is resulting in the mass production of graduates seeking admission into the Law School.
Admission into the School has raised concerns in recent times with a group calling itself, ‘Concerned Law Students’ in January 2018 calling on government to find ways of expanding the Ghana School of Law to admit more qualified candidates.
Justice Amegatcher speaking at the 6th Jurists Confab organised by the Faculty of Law of University of Cape Coast on Wednesday said there clearly is a missing link between the National Accreditation Board and the General Legal Council.
“The National Accreditation Board appears to have lost sight of two facts; first the fact that the outlet for all these law graduates is the Ghana School of Law and secondly, the provision in section 4 of the Legal Profession Act 1960 (Act 32) which says that effective of the first day of January 197, no person shall be qualified for the enrolment into the Bar in Ghana, unless the person is a holder of a degree from a University approved by the General Legal Council.”
He noted that the consequence of the “one man show” by the National Accreditation Board is the upsurge of faculties without notice to the other regulator for a corresponding preparation and increase in infrastructure.
Justice Nene Amegatcher
“This has created a problem of hundreds of graduate churned out from these Law Faculties trying to make it to the Ghana School of Law. Crediting Law Facilities is a duty that must not be taken lightly, Justice Amegatcher said.
He further indicated that until infrastructure at the outlet institution (the Ghana School of Law) is improved; until more lecturers are identified and trained and until the General Legal Counsel exercises the power vested under section 4 of the Legal Profession Act to approve universities whose students will be accepted into the Ghana School of Law, the strict legal requirement for professional legal education will continue to be a barrier for many LLB degree holders.
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