- Professor Stephen Asare, also known as Kwaku Azar, has given reasons why LLBs awarded in Ghana need to be repackaged
- In his opinion, the process leading to the award of such degrees are fraught with several omissions
- The absence of such aspects of the programme, he explained, make the LLB holder ill-equipped to progress on a beneficial legal journey
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A professor of law and accounting, Stephen Asare, popularly known as Kwaku Azar, has shed light on the need for an urgent reformation of legal education in Ghana.
According to him, a number of factors make the study of law in Ghana unappealing, and as such, immediate steps need to be taken to remedy the situation.
Professor Asare explained that LLBs acquired from Ghanaian law faculties are defective in a number of ways and therefore fall short of global standards.
Sharing his opinion on the reasons why Ghanaian universities failed to appear in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings of law faculties, he highlighted a number of reasons why LLBs in Ghana have become defective.
1. The burdens placed on Ghanaian law faculties that make them fall short in such rankings.
2. The absence of Procedural Law at the First Degree level of legal education is another reason LLBs are unable serve the desired purposes.
3. The ignorance of students, with respect to the basics of the Law of Evidence, another key area a future lawyer needs solid education in, comes in as another reason for challenges LLBs from Ghana present.
4. The lack of education in Procedural Law and Law of Evidence at that level, he went on, lead to a fourth challenge, which is difficulty in education on skills needed in Moot Courts, even if such facilities are present in law faculties.
5. Setbacks present in attempts to have clinics at such levels, he went on, even though clinics are an important aspect of experiential learning.
6. Graduates from such levels of education, he explained, as a result, lack the needed exposure right from the start, which presented itself as another challenge.
To Professor Asare, the absence of such importance courses make the current LLB given to graduates an inchoate one.
Kwaku Azar has been at the forefront of campaigns calling for reformations in legal education in Ghana.
Out of the almost 2000 candidates for the 2019 Law Entrance Examination organised by the General Legal Council (GLC), only 128 of them passed, a situation he has constantly described as a sham and a scam.
The incident, as well as other related issues, brought to national attention, the challenges of legal education in Ghana.
At present, the GLC remains the statutory body responsible for the legal education in the country.
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