Law students association rubbish AG’s proposed amendment to legal education act

Law students association rubbish AG’s proposed amendment to legal education act

The Attorney General’s proposed amendment to the Legal Education Act has been met with scorn by the National Association of Law Students and they have rubbished the draft bill he proposed.

A leader of the association Hassan Asare who was disappointed with the proposed amendments called for the proposal to be thrown out.

The group laments that the proposed reforms do not tackle the issues of access and transparency.

 “It is not provided anywhere in this Bill. It is just trying to rather make things worse by limiting how many people become lawyers in this country.”

For them, the bill they tend to resonate with is the private members’ bill which strives to tackle the challenges of legal education in Ghana.

“Let’s look at the Private Member’s Bill and pass it because I think that is more progressive than this retrogressive Bill that seeks to do nothing than to worsen the situation.”

Another strong advocate seeking reforms in Ghana’s legal education Prof Kwaku Asare’s views on the said Attorney General proposal is in line with the group as he also indicated that this shows how Ghanaian leaders cannot accept other peoples views.

He posted on Facebook saying “The same people, groups, associations, and mindsets that created the problem have teamed up to offer us a bill that only intensifies the problems”.

The private members’ bill seeking to address issues within Ghana’s legal education system is sponsored by legislators for Bolgatanga East, Okaikoi Central, and Asawase.

According  to a memo from the three legislators, the bill is expected to bridge gaps in the current legal and regulatory framework by providing for aspects of legal education that remain either partially regulated or wholly regulated.”

They are thus recommending the decoupling of the administration and regulation of legal education from that of the legal profession.

They also want a Council for Legal Education and Training, which shall be in charge of legal education in the Republic.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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