The National Association of Law Students has said that they are optimistic that President Nana Akufo-Addo will receive the petition of its members in good faith and take steps in restructuring the country’s law educational system.
The law students and their thousands of sympathizers will today, Monday march to the presidency in a massive demonstration dubbed ‘#OpenUpLegalEducation’ to push for reforms to open up legal education in the country.
Speaking to Citi News ahead of the demonstration, spokesperson for the group, Nii Senpe Adokwei Cudjoe said, the group is hopeful that the recent comments by some top government officials including the Chief Justice show that their demands will be met and acted upon accordingly.
“We believe that, the next point of call is to hit the street and call on the presidency to intervene in this matter. Every law in this country based on Article (58) is supposed to be implemented by the President. We believe that the Attorney General will fully be minded to say that there will be a change if there is enough advocacy.”
“The Chief Justice has also said that there are plans to put back the law village on the 2020 budget. That is a clear admission that, the capacity to admit the numbers has been an issue. We are beginning to realize that the consistent advocacy is beginning to expose the inconsistencies with the narrative that students are not studying or not good enough to where the issue truly is”, he added.
Many have argued that the annual mass failure recorded during the law school exams is a deliberate attempt of the Ghana School of Law which is the sole institution where professional lawyers are trained in the country to limit the number of professional lawyers in the country.
This has also accounted for series of protests and intensified calls for legal reforms to increase the number of lawyers trained each year.