Regional News of Friday, 9 November 2012

Source: GNA

CJ bemoans falling standards in legal education  

The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Wood on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction about the falling standards of legal education in the country.

She said one of the reasons for the falling standards of legal education is embedded in students’ lazy attitudes towards reading.

The Chief Justice made this known in a speech read on his behalf at the launch of a book titled: “Becharming the law school devil,” by Ms Akosua Adjeibea Ahenkorah, a law student, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana.

The book is about exercising control over the law school challenges.

The book also talks about the challenges that prospective students face when they enter the law school, overcoming examination fears as well as the author’s own personal life experiences as a law student.

The Chief Justice said the liberalisation of legal education and the growth of law schools across the country have increased the number of lawyers being produced.

She said the legal profession has become increasingly competitive than before and as such law students need to put in extra effort in order to stay afloat. She commended the author for putting together great information in her book aimed at helping prospective law students to overcome the hurdles one is bound to face in the first year.

Mrs Justice Wood said admissions to the professional law course have become overly competitive and as such it is important for law students to prepare adequately and effectively to make one eligible for the Bar training programme.

“Reading this book and adapting the suggestions to your personality would set you up for the next level of your legal education,” she said.

Ms Akua Sena Dansua, Minister of Tourism said the book should be for all students and not only law students to help them in their academic work.

She said the book must serve as a guide to all students to help them in their planning, time management and how to prepare for examinations.

Ms Sena Dansua urged the law school to train their students in ICT to make them more competitive on the job market.