- Professor Stephen Asare has given possible reasons why LLBs from Ghana may not be regarded outside the country
- According to him, until such challenges are remedied, there may be no real progress at Ghanaian law faculties
- His reasons included international presence, research strategies and control of legal education
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A Ghanaian professor of law and accounting, Stephen Asare, has shed light on possible limitations of LLB degrees from Ghana.
He argued that Ghana’s legal infrastructure does not create the appropriate environment for the education of LLB holders suitable for the global legal stage.
In his opinion, there are clear challenges to legal education in Ghana and urgent steps would have to be taken to correct the anomaly.
Professor Asare, also known as Kwaku Azar, listed the challenges as follows:
1. Failure to attract students and faculty.
The ability of the qualification to give both groups reasons to remain within Ghana’s borders and educate themselves may be an uphill task.
To Professor Asare, the 128 out of 1820 passes from the 2019 Law Entrance Exams is enough grounds to make the situation worse.
2. A legal system which is controlled by non-academics and whose students face challenges in their bid to access legal education, falls short of such a desired attribute.
3. Whether Ghanaian law faculties have presence outside the country.
This is hinged on the premise that for a qualification to appeal to people outside the borders of Ghana, it needs to first come to their attention regardless of where they are.
4. The research methodologies adopted by law faculties in Ghana is nothing to write home about.
South Africa, which claimed all the African slots in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings of law faculties, provides easy access to cases and statutes.
It also boasts of several PhD programmes in law, unlike Ghana.
Kenya and Botswana, just like South Africa, have also created structures that give easy access to legal materials for research and studies.
Professor Asare has been a keen advocate of reforms in legal education in Ghana. He has led campaigns for changes in legal education in Ghana.
At present, the General Legal Council (GLC) is the statutory body tasked with the responsibility of educating and passing Ghanaian lawyers.
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