383 Students Fail Bar Exams

A total of 206 law students are to repeat the entire course after failing the final Bar exams at the Ghana School of Law, Today can report.

Another 177 students have also been referred in one or two papers, the paper further learnt.

Out of 474 students who sat for the 2017-2018 final exams, only 91 students were cleared to have passed and will be called to the Bar.

The mass failure by the students comes at a time Parliament is seeking to legalise the entrance exams and interview processes instituted as part of the admission procedures into the Ghana School of Law.

The General Legal Council, the body that oversees legal education and profession in Ghana, has mounted a vehement defence for the maintenance of entrance exams.

It argues out that the exams and interviews are to ensure higher standards in legal education.

But, according to a United States-based-Ghanaian Law Professor, Kwaku Asare, the entrance exams and interviews at the Ghana School of Law are illegal.

At the moment, there is an LI in Parliament currently going through a mandatory 21-day period before it will mature into law.

If members of the House are unable to raise two-third majority to kick against the LI it will automatically mature into law.

On June 22, 2017 the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the requirement by the General Legal Council asking applicants to the Ghana Law School to undertake an examination and subsequent interview before admission.

According to the court, the requirements were in violation of the Legislative Instrument 1296, which gives direction for the mode of admission.

The Justices in delivering their judgment also indicated that their order should not take retrospective effect, but should be implemented in six months, when admissions for the 2018 academic year begins.

 

Story: News Desk

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