Some students who trained in the United Kingdom (UK) as lawyers have sued the Ghana School of Law over what they term a move to change the admission rules for people who qualified externally.
The students, who have petitioned the General Legal Council, said it was important to get the court involved to ensure the injustice in the process was corrected.
Speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News the spokesperson for the group, Nana Ottu Turkson explained that “the legal professions act that sets up legal education and how it should be regulated, states specifically how foreign qualified lawyers and specifically foreign qualified lawyers who are citizens of Ghana should be upgraded.”
According to him, they do not believe that the advert in the newspaper was made according to law because “the legal professions act indicates that it is required that any such thing shall be done by legislative instrument which is signed by the Minister.”
He continued that they (students) were "shocked that the Law School or the General Legal Council would actually use these laws which are their real laws to actually cover what they do and the courses that we are supposed to do."
He narrated that the newspaper advert indicated that they needed tutelage before they could practice in Ghana, an extension of the course for a year and an increment of the courses involved.
According to him, however, this is a requirement that “they cannot attain.”
He explained that the group was not challenging the rights or the ability of the Ghana School of Law to change laws but that “if the laws must be changed, they must be changed as the laws prescribes” and secondly, “if any startle organization is making a change to the law, that law must take into account the people within the catchment.”
He lamented that the newspaper advert which was published at the beginning of last year did not give anybody the chance to adjust, thus the need for a change in the rules.
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