Justice Prof Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey

A nominee for Supreme Court, Justice Prof Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey, has told the Appointments Committee of Parliament that legal education in Ghana presently needs massive reforms otherwise it would get to a point where the country will be producing lawyers who do not have any knowledge of the law.

He said, currently, legal education in Ghana is at the crossroads because to the best of his knowledge, as a Professor in law, some students with degree in law who want to pursue masters programme in law do not even know what a lease is or what the requirements of a valid contract are.

“Legal education needs root to branch into reforms, from accreditation of the Law Faculties,” he said adding that if he had his own way, he would recommend that all the law faculties in the universities should be disaccredited for them to reapply based on the quality of lecturers, classroom space, libraries and other important resources they have for effective training.

“Mr Chairman, I was on an interview panel interviewing students with degree in law, that is LLB, who want to do masters programme in law and you would be surprised to know that some of the students could not tell what a lease is, the requirements of a valid contract. When we asked one student to discuss a single case of constitutional law he could not, I then asked about the 31 st December case which he retorted ‘Is it the 31 st December Women Movement?”

He said the matter is so serious that if care is not taken the nation will be producing lawyers who do not know any law.

When asked about his view on suggestions that the Ghana School of Law must have campuses in all public universities with Law Faculties, he said since the matter is at the Supreme Court it will be prejudicial to comment on it.

When Prof Kotey, who was the former Dean of the University of Ghana Law Faculty and who has extensive legal knowledge on land administration was asked by a member of the Committee, Joseph […]

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