SC scraps law school entrance exams, interviews
It is unconstitutional for the General Legal Council to ask applicants to the Ghana Law School to write an entrance examination and subsequently be interviewed prior to admission, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The court said the current mode of admission is in violation of Legislative Instrument 1296.
A United States-based Ghanaian lawyer, Professor Kwaku Asare, initiated the suit in 2015, challenging the mode of admission used by the Ghana School of Law.
Professor Asare argued that the compulsory entrance examination and interview before admission violates Articles ll (7) 297 (d) 23, 296 (a) (b) and 18 (2) of the 1992 Constitution.
The justices, in delivering their judgment, noted that their order on cancelling the entrance examination and subsequent interview should be implemented in six months when admissions for the 2018 academic year begins.
The Ghana Law School has been criticised for its tedious and rigid mode of admission to students with LLB degrees across the country.
Because it is the only school that trains LLB graduates before they are called to the bar, the school enjoys monopoly and as such has limited openings for thousands of LLB holders.