The newly sworn-in President of the Student Representative Council(SRC) of the Ghana School of Law, Mr.Wonder Victor Kutor has indicated that lack of space should not be used to deny law school admission to applicants who successfully pass the entrance examination.
Thus, according to him, once an applicant passes the six subjects in the entrance examination, he or she must be accordingly admitted.
He made this clarion call in his acceptance speech at the swearing-in and handing-over ceremony of the Student Representative Council of the Ghana School of Law on Thursday, September 2, 2021.
The new members of the Executive Council are the President, Mr. Kutor, the Vice-President of the Makola Campus, Ms. Fauziya Tijani; the Vice-President of the Greenhill Campus, Mr. Isaac Yoofi Impraim, and the Vice-President of the Kumasi Campus, Mr. Chapman Zigah.
Also General Secretary, Mr. Kwame Oheneba Safo; the Organising Secretary, Mr. George Dodoo, and the Treasurer, Mr. Bernard Akyereko Twum.
Mr. Kutor suggested for campuses to be rented where lessons will be delivered by lecturers, to deal with the issue of space.
“We cannot use lack of infrastructure to deny people admission. The Greenhill Campus is a rented place at GIMPA. Why can’t we also rent places at the University of Ghana and the UPSA to serve as campuses for the GSL?” he quizzed.
“Alternative arrangements should be made to accommodate these applicants, should all of them pass, for them to pursue the professional law program at the GSL. They cannot be denied with the excuse that facilities are inadequate,” he added.
In recounting previous admission numbers into the Law School, he indicated that the 2019 admission of 128 applicants, should not be repeated.
Moreover, on remarking, he appealed to the General Legal Council to operationalize the recommendation of the Constitutional, Legal and foreign affairs committee of Parliament.
“When students write six papers and pass three but fail three, let them go to the next stage and rewrite the papers they failed. You cannot let them write what they have passed already. This is not to encourage failure but to write what you failed,” he said.
On his part, the Director of the Ghana School of Law, Kwasi Prempeh Eck urged the SRC to uphold the ethics of the legal profession.
He added that the legal profession is very distinguished and required compliance with its ethics to ensure confidence in the delivery of justice.
“Character is very important, so you must learn to be leaders the best way possible. You are here to become lawyers, so you should subject yourself to the regulations of the school, as well as the codes and ethics of the legal profession,” he said.
The swearing-in and handing-over ceremony coincided with the launching of the 6th Volume of the Ghana School of Law Student Journal.
The 6th Journal has 11 entries and special submissions from the Dean of the University of Ghana Law School, Prof. Raymond Atuguba, and another legal practitioner, Kobby Afari.
Further to the above, the Journal has a tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Marful-Sau.