GLC cancels interviews for entry into Ghana School of Law

GLC cancels interviews for entry into Ghana School of Law

-Prospective students of the Ghana School of Law will no longer have to pass an interview before being admitted

-This follows a decision by the General Legal Council (GLC) to scrap the requirement

-Chairman of Parliament's Subsidiary Legislation Committee announced the decision after a meeting with the GLC

The General Legal Council (GLC) has relaxed the requirements for entry into the Ghana School of Law.

Starting from this year, applicants will no longer have to pass an interview but will only be required pass an entrance examination before being admitted.

This follows an agreement between the GLC and Parliament's Subsidiary Legislation Committee.

GLC cancels interviews for entry into Ghana School of Law

Mahama Ayariga

The Chairman of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee, Mahama Ayariga, revealed this agreement after a meeting with the GLC and a Deputy Attorney-General on Tuesday.

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The entrance exams and interview admission requirements at the Law School were introduced in 2012, but the Supreme Court ruled in 2017, that they were illegal after a US-based Law Professor, S. Kweku Asare, challenged the requirement.

The Supreme Court held the interview and exams are not in the Professional Law Course Regulations 1984 (LI 1296) which regulates in Ghana and directed the GLC to take steps to legalise the process.

In fulfilment of the Court's directive, a new Legislative Instrument (LI) has been brought before Parliament.

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But the new LI is being opposed by some lawmakers, sections of Ghanaians and potential students who have said the arrangement would be detrimental to the country.

This necessitated the meeting between the Parliament and the GLC to address the concerns.

Speaking on Joy News after the meeting, Mr Ayariga stated that the GLC and government have agreed to fix the problems at the Law School.

"Unknown to us the government has taken some far-reaching decisions in this regard and the Deputy Attorney-General showed us a cabinet communication that approved a substantive bill which will be brought to parliament amending the parent legislation which is Act 32," he said.

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The Bawku Central Member of Parliament said there is also a bill on the establishment of law schools yet-to-be laid in Parliament that will address the issue of access to professional legal education.

Mr Ayariga was confident the two new bills the government is working on "will address the wider concerns" of the general public.

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