Most experts indicate that Ghana requires more lawyers distributed across the country. Despite the need for more lawyers, the entrance exam to the Ghana Law School has an extremely high failure rate. In 2019, 93% of all exam takers failed the exam. The results come against the backdrop of a high failure rate in previous years. If the aim of the exam is to produce better qualified and competent lawyers, several respected lawyers have questioned this approach. The concern is heightened by the fact that the legal regulatory body in the country — the Ghana Legal Council — is the same body that oversees and vets the law curriculum at the Bachelor’s level.
These concerns and others with the way that law education in Ghana works has led to activism. This episode features Prince Ganaku who is on the front lines of the effort to bring transparency to the exam process and liberalize law education in the country. Prince is one of the founders of the Ghana National Association of Law Students, which has been involved in using the courts, advocacy, and protest to seek acceptable solutions. In addition to explaining how law education works in Ghana and reflecting on policy, Prince offers a personal perspective that is often overlooked in the ongoing debate.
The views expressed in this episode are the guest’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Leaders of Africa.