- Professor Stephen Asare, also known as Kwaku Azar, has raised concerns about the state of Ghanaian law faculties
- He indicated that there are limits with regard to control over curricula and physical resources to create desired learning environments
- Professor Asare also raised concern about the current structure of legal education in Ghana, especially with regard to the volume of control the GLC has over the system
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A professor of law and accounting, Stephen Asare, has raised concerns about the state of law faculties in Ghana.
According to him, the challenges are as follows:
1. Academics in the Ghanaian faculties have limited control with respect to designing and experimenting with new curricula.
He added that there are limited physical resources to create the preferred learning environments.
A preferred learning environment, he opined, should have give more control to academic in the areas, especially with regard to development of curricula.
2. Academics often have limited access to and interaction with other faculty, which could have promoted interdisciplinary work.
Reforms in legal education, in his opinion, should involve the creation of a better systems for collaboration.
3. The current structure of legal education in Ghana gives the General Legal Council (GLC) too much control over curriculum content and sequencing.
4. The legal luminary also raised concerns about Ghana’s mode of calling lawyers to the bar.
He explained that in other parts of the world, schools deliver legal education while the Bar Council takes charge of the bar education.
5. At present, law faculties compete to get their students to the professional level at the Ghana School of Law (GSL), but that should not be the case.
In his opinion, the time to overhaul Ghana’s legal system so it can become competitive at the global stage is long overdue.
Professor Asare has been at the forefront of calls for reformation of legal education in Ghana.
Till date, he continues to argue that the system used to pass 128 out of almost 2000 candidates who sat for the 2019 Law Entrance Examinations is a sham and a scam.
The incident has led to increased calls for changes in legal education in Ghana, but at present, the GLC is the statutory body tasked with the responsibility of educating and passing Ghanaian lawyers.
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