Law School Brouhaha: We need quality, not quantity - CJ tells students

Law School Brouhaha: We need quality, not quantity - CJ tells students

- Madam Sophia Akuffo says Ghana needs to churn out top quality lawyers

- The Chief Justice reiterated her view on legal education in Ghana during a lecture at the University of Ghana

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Ghana’s Chief Justice has stated explicitly that the country needs quality lawyers and not many lawyers.

Reiterating her stance on legal education in Ghana, Sophia Akuffo said “I will stand here again and say we need quality lawyers, not mass-produced lawyers”.

Speaking at the 2019 University of Ghana Alumni Lectures, the CJ emphasized that it is better for Ghana to have a few qualified lawyers than many compromised lawyers.

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She was speaking on the topic "Question for Excellence."

Madam Akuffo is on record to have stated that she will not supervise a mass production of lawyers in the country as the Chief Justice.

She told lawyers and lecturers “who are busy advocating free scale, mass admissions into the professional law course, and mass production of lawyers, (to) be careful what they wish for.”

So long as (she) has anything to do with it (legal education), it won’t happen.”

“Just like you can’t mass-produce doctors and surgeons, Ghanaians must not have mass-produced lawyers imposed on them,” the Chief Justice said.

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The CJ’s comments follow the recent mass failure of students who sat the Law School entrance exams.

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Over 90% of the students who sat for the examination failed. 1,820 candidates sat for the entrance exams but, only 128 passed. earlier reported that a survey conducted by Alliance Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has revealed that Ghana’s sanitation ministry is the worst in following its 2019 Ministerial Performance Tracking Report.

The report by ASEPA assesses the performance of the ministers and ministries on five key performance indicators.

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