President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said Ghana has a legal education system that has served the country well because lawyers have played significant and critical roles in society.
However, he noted that a reform of the system under which legal education currently operates is necessary to accommodate the current realities.
To this end, he said he has already asked the Attorney General to fast-track the balance of consultations on the Legal Profession Bill and lay it before Cabinet and ultimately, Parliament, as soon as possible for enactment.
This bill aims to address comprehensively, issues of legal education in Ghana today.
The President said the bill must dispel the notion that the legal profession is a guild, a small club of mostly men, which is difficult to penetrate.
“It must also streamline the regulatory dualism between the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission and the General Legal Council when it comes to legal education,” Nana Akufo-Addo said.
He, however, restated his opinion that the General Legal Council must have the final say.
Nana Akufo-Addo said this on Monday, 29 November 2021, when he delivered the keynote address at the International Conference on the Future of legal education in Ghana/Africa, held at the Auditorium of the University of Ghana School of Law, Legon.