GHANA HAS TOO MANY LAW FACULTIES, SAYS CHIEF JUSTICE

ACCRA, The Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, has observed that the proliferation of faculties of law in unversities in Ghana in the last decade has not been accompanied by promotion and maintenance of standards.

While opening of faculties of law was a good thing generally, shambolic legal education could only spell doom for Ghana’s young democracy, she said at the call of 46 new lawyers at the Supreme Court here Wednesday. The enrollment of the 46 new lawyers, included 15 women lawyers.

Indeed, it is common knowledge that some of these schools are deprived of teaching faculty that they have had to depend on staff of other schools to teach in their schools on part-time basis … simply put they do not have the wherewithal to run a good law programme,” she added.

The Chief Justice indicated that the setting of law faculties or schools in the country had now become an economic proposition and entrepreneurs had also seen in them an investment opportunity.

She said while different faculties had sprung up with wide and different standards in teaching, facilities and infrastructure, what the country needed were good lawyers, not just lawyers for the sake of their production.

She lauded the various reforms embarked by the General Legal Council (GLC) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB), adding the Council was committed to combating long standing habits and evil that continued to undermine the drive towards professional excellence and legal education in Ghana.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK