Law in Ghana Scrap Ghana Law School - UPS dean of law

Prof. Kwame Frimpong said the current system is not sustainable under the country's legal dispensation.

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The Founding Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) has called for the Ghana law school to be scrapped.

Prof. Kwame Frimpong said the current system is not sustainable under the country's legal regime.

He said doors to legal education should be left wide open while ensuring training by appropriate quality standards.

Under the current system, a prospective law student would have to apply to the Ghana Law School after completing a Bachelor of Laws programme in the University.

Out of the hundreds that apply, a little over 200 students are shortlisted to take the course after a rigorous interview.

Prof. Kwame Frimpong made the call when the UPSA commissioned its new Law Faculty in Accra.

He said: “The Ghana Law School cannot sustain the current system, under the country’s legal education. We should let the faculties do it.

“If this happens, then there is no need for someone to come all the way from Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region to come to Accra just to attend a law school before he can be called a lawyer."

His call adds to the growing list of people calling for the Ghana law school to be scrapped.

A senior lawyer and lecturer at the University of Ghana, Kwame Gyan, in 2015 said the law school has become a needless bureaucratic hurdle that hinders brilliant individuals from becoming lawyers.

He said: “What I think we should do is; we should scrap the Ghana school of law which is just a school, and the general legal council will remain. So the law school will not teach courses but will be an examining body acting for and on behalf of the general legal council.

Professor Kwasi Prempeh, a U.S-based Lawyer, has also described the admission process into the law school as " crude, arbitrary, and grossly unfair way to regulate the supply of lawyers.”

He argues that the system is denying many qualified people the opportunity to become lawyers, saying Ghana 'is grossly under-lawyered.'

"What is the lawyer to population ratio in Ghana? Ghana is grossly under-lawyered, not over-lawyered. The mere fact that most lawyers are geographically concentrated in the Accra-Tema area, plus Kumasi, does not mean there are too many lawyers compared to the scale of injustice that goes un-remedied for want of legal representation, among others."

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