Parliament’s directive to GLC has no basis in law – Lawyer

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Parliament ordered the GLC to admit students

A private lawyer described Parliament’s directive asking the General Legal Council (GCL) to admit some 499 law school applicants to the Ghana School of Law as “a lot I do for nothing”.

A few weeks ago, the National Association of Law Students (NALS) presented a petition to the legislature on the 499 aggrieved law students, who were not admitted to the Ghana School of Law despite a mark above the usual passing score of 50% in the 2021 Entrance Examination.

Mr. Adjei Baffour Awuah, reacting to the directive of the legislature, said that the parliament did not have legal status to order the General Legal Council (GLC) to admit the said students.

Speaking on Accra-based Asempa FM on Thursday, October 29, 2021, Mr. Awuah noted that Parliament’s action had no impact on GLC and the law school.

He explained that GLC is a creation of statute and not under the parliamentary resolution.

“There is nowhere in the world where everyone who passes their law degree exams goes to law school,” he said.

According to him, in England and Wales every university offers an LLB course, but only eight universities offer barre courses.

“This is the best practice for bar education, the standards should be high,” he said.

He said that despite the level of development in England and Wales, only just over 1,000 lawyers are called to the bar.

“I admit there is a problem, but we have to be cautious about engaging in law school reforms,” ​​he warned.


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