The Director of the Ghana School of Law, Yaw Oppong has said that having a good academic record alone does not guarantee admission into the School.
According to him, you must be morally upright to qualify for enrollment.
He added that the entire criteria for admission are provided for in the Legal Professions Act, 1960, Act 32.
“If you read Section 3 of the Act, which says that Qualification for Enrollment, the person shall be qualified for enrollment if he satisfies the General Legal Council that he is of good character and that he holds a qualifying certificate granted under Part II of this Act by the General Legal Council and at the discretion of the General Legal Council, may be able to be enrolled if the Council is satisfied.”
Speaking in an interview on JoyNews’ The Law on Sunday, Mr. Oppong also mentioned that, in addition to one’s character, Police attestation is required “in terms of your character in relation to whether you have committed any offense or been convicted for any offense, let’s say dishonesty, fraud and moral turpitude.”
He also gave an indication that per a new arrangement that is in the offing, the Ghana School of Law will cease the conduct of entrance examinations for enrollment in the School as well as qualifying examinations for the bar. Mr. Oppong stated that an independent body will be assigned that responsibility.
This comment comes against the backdrop of concerns raised over the high failure rate of candidates in the School’s entrance examinations.
Besides, in the course of the week, there were reports that one of the exam questions was canceled because it leaked.
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