- The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year, that the admission process of the Ghana Law School is flawed
- Their decision was to take effect from next year
- The law students are of the opinion that it should take effect this year instead
Some law students have filed a petition to the Chief Justice (CJ), and are seeking a clear interpretation of the recent decision of the nation’s highest body, the Supreme Court with regard to admission to the law school.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that the decision of the General Legal Council (GLC) to conduct admissions with an interview and a written test as prerequisites for admission are flawed and not based on law.
The students are therefore seeking a clearer interpretation from the office of the CJ, in order to verify whether the those who are to take the exams and interview this year, are in fact under an obligation to do so.
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According to them, per the decision of the court, those readied to go through the process this academic year are not to do so, since the court’s decision rendered the actions of the GLC as illegal, unconstitutional and void ab initio.
They added that they believe their rights are being infringed upon, as they have been asked to continue to engage in an illegal act.
They are therefore praying the CJ for a clear interpretation of the matter, so as to grant them automatic admission to the Ghana Law School, as all of them are qualified.
Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare, in October 2015, filed a suit against the GLC Attorney-General (AG) over the conduct of the entrance exams and interviews for law students who wished to pursue the professional course at the law school.
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He prayed for a declaration that the actions of the GLC violated articles 11 (7), 297 (d) 23, 296 (a) (b) and 18 (2) of the 1992 Constitution.
He also sought a declaration that the GLC’s exclusion of persons who have qualified under Regulation 2 of L1 1296 from pursuing the Professional law course violates Article ll (7)297 (d), 23, and 296 (a) and (b) of the Constitution.
The plaintiffs also prayed the court for an order directed at the GLC to specify within 60 days; alternative places and modes of instructions that would afford all persons meeting the requirement of Regulation 2 of Ll 1296 the opportunity to pursue the profession component of legal education, the completion of which entitles them to take the qualifying certificate examinations as determined by the GLC.
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