Renowned US-based law professor, Professor Kwaku Asare has endorsed the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) manifesto promise to reform legal education in Ghana, calling it more superior than that of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“On the issue of making legal education accessible, it is fair to say NDC has done more listening than NPP and has offered a far superior solution to the problem. Universities, not some centralized government school, should be in charge of legal education,” posted Pro. Asare on his Facebook.
He has mounted a relentless crusade against what he calls a scam legal educational system in Ghana, following the mass failure of prospective lawyers a few years ago.
The opposition NDC in its 2020 Manifesto appear to have found a solution to the perennial problem that only enrich the legal council of Ghana through the mass failure of desperate lawyers seeking to be called to the Bar.
According to the NDC, it will give accreditations to more certified law faculties across the country to broaden accessibility to legal education in Ghana.
Currently, there is only one law school in Ghana that accredits lawyers to the Bar. The Ghana School of Law at Mokola in Accra has been fingered in many scandals that critics have said is due to its monopoly over legal education in Ghana.
Prof. Azar who has openly campaigned for the expansion of legal education in the country added that “Universities, not some centralized government school, should be in charge of legal education.”
Indeed, Prof. Asare had dragged the Ghana Law School and the Attorney General to court recently, in an attempt to trigger the break in the monopoly. However, a conservative panel of judges at the Supreme Court shot down the case.