The Supreme Court’s decision to repeal the General Legal Council’s (GLC) regulations of law school applicant’s undertaking an entrance examination and interviews before offer of admission will have negative effect on the current student body, a law lecturer has said.
According to Moses Foh Amoaning, the current batch of students could have their certificates upon completion regarded as void, as per the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“Those students who have gone through the course now, and those in final year who have just taken their exams, honestly, the certificates that they are going to be awarded will also be null and void because if you compare the subjects that they have to do which is set up in the LI, it is different from what they did,” he said in an interview with Citi FM.
However, Mr. Amoaning believed that the judgement will influence the GLC to take a close look at their current regulations.
He noted that the GLC’s reforms were not in accordance to the current legislative framework in the country, and the judgement reflected the concerns that had been raised about said reforms.
“All that needs to be done is that the General Legal Council has to go back and set out the reforms in a complicit legislation, have stakeholders meeting as we suggested and then… formulate that into proper regulations and let it go to Parliament so that the representatives of the people, who are the parliamentarians, can discuss all of this, and then pass the new law to govern the new framework,” he added.
The Ghana Law School has been criticized numerous times, for its rigid entry limit of just under 500 admissions as against the over 2000 LLB graduates yearly.
The entrance exam and interview that is required by the GLC is among the factors that have the admission system for the Law School a rigid process, unrelenting process.
According to the Supreme Court, this system violates the Legislative Instrument 1296, which states the appropriate mode of admission for law applicants.