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07 July 2017

We won’t cancel July 14 entrance exams – General Legal Council

The General Legal Council is bent on organizing the upcoming entrance exams for potential students to the Ghana Law School despite a petition to them to scrap the exams.

A group of law degree holders calling themselves Concerned LLB Graduates earlier petitioned the General Legal Council to facilitate automatic admissions into the Law School by scraping this year’s entrance exams slated for July 14, 2017.

According to the group the exams will amount to an illegality after the Supreme Court judgment on the matter.

But the Council in its response letter sighted by Citi News said the Council after an emergency meeting held on July 6, 2017 “decided that in line with the terms of the judgment in the above mentioned case, the law school entrance examination scheduled for Friday July 14th would take place as planned.”

“Your petition, which includes among other things a request for automatic admission to the Ghana School of Law, is therefore declined,” the letter signed by the Secretary of the General Legal Council, Justice Alex B. Poku-Acheampong added.

Supreme Court order

The Supreme Court on  June 22, 2017 declared as unconstitutional the entrance exams and interview session before admitting new students into the Ghana Law School.

According to the court, in a case brought before it by Professor Kwaku Asare, a United States-based Ghanaian lawyer, in 2015, 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.

Meanwhile, the Concerned LLB Graduates in the petition threatened to go to court if their request is turned down.

By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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