General News of Monday, 23 January 2017
Minister-designate for Justice and Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo has revealed she intends to urge the General Legal Council to address restricted admissions into the Ghana School of Law.
Gloria Akuffo said accrediting other institutions to carry out the program may be an option.
Majority of graduates from the various tertiary institutions are not gaining admission into the country’s school of law because the council over the years regulates the admission.
There is a pending suit before the Supreme Court seeking an order to restrain the Council from carrying out such restrictions.
Answering questions during her vetting by Parliament’s Appointment Committee, the former Deputy AG in the President Kufuor government admitted the growth in numbers of faculties that are training LLB degree holders.
“But we continue to have one School of Law and we are kind of building a pyramid. Clearly, the problem as I see it is because we have an accreditation body that gives authority to institutions to establish law faculties whereas, in the School of Law it is under the mandate of the General Legal Council (GLC),” she said.
She said it will be distressing for a student to work very hard to have the ambition to enter a school only to be left hanging not because of their performance but because of the constraint of the institution that is responsible for training lawyers.
According to her, the General Legal Council which has realized its constraints and working towards opening a Legal Village should work with the accreditation to ensure that “standards set quite are high.”
“That would bring out good LLB students while GLC considers seriously in accrediting other institutions to open competent and well-established laws schools.
This, she added is “because even with the Legal Village, I can see the situation where the students who hold law degrees would not be able to get the legal training to be lawyers.”
She promise she would serve on council and also bring her concerns to bear to be considered when given the nod to serve the country