- A professor of law and accounting, Stephen Asare, has shared ideas on how to transform legal education in Ghana
- He has been a key advocate for reforms in legal education
- According to him, seven key steps need to be taken in order to rebrand the tuition of law in the country
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Stephen Asare, a professor of law and accounting, has shared ideas on possible ways to transform legal education in Ghana.
According to him, urgent steps need to be taken to ensure that the study of law in Ghana is appealing to faculty and students.
His suggestions on how to implement progressive reforms are as listed below:
1. Creation of a memorable learning experience:
Kwaku Azar opined that alumni of law faculties may be willing to turn back and support if they enjoyed their learning experience
2. Equipping students to go out and change industry and public sector:
Professor Asare explained that law students should be groomed to transform industries and the public sector. According to him, it is the a key way to brand students as agents of change.
3. Giving students earning power:
Students, Kwaku Azar believes, should be sufficiently educated on how to not just positively affect industries, but earn a decent living in their chosen profession.
4. Dissolving the GLC and replacing it with CLEP with no SC justices:
Professor Asare advocated for the creation of a Council for Legal Education and Practice (CLEP) to replace the General Legal Council (GLC). The CLEP, he noted, should have no Supreme Court justices as members.
5. Allow universities to design and experiment with all curricula:
In his opinion, tertiary institutions should be given the given the freedom to design and experiment their own curricula as this would bring dynamism and practicality to teaching and learning.
6. Offer bar examination to anyone with an LLB:
Kwaku Azar is of the opinion that everyone who possesses a First Degree in Law should be given the opportunity to sit for the Bar exam.
7. Change emphasis from changing litigators to training thinkers who can explore law as a tool for transformation:
Law students, he noted, should be trained to think in order to contribute to knowledge and solve legal challenges.
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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