Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo has thrown her weight behind the reformation of legal education in Ghana.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the International Conference on “The Future of Legal Education in Ghana/Africa” and the launch of the University of Ghana School of Law Endowment Fund at the auditorium of the University of Ghana School of Law, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo stated that she would contribute her quota to making sure that challenges facing legal education in Ghana are addressed.
“As the oldest and leading Law School in Ghana. It is imperative that the University of Ghana School of Law takes a leading role in contributing to addressing the challenges facing legal education in Ghana. Convening this conference is a step in the right direction. During my tenure as Vice-Chancellor, I intend to work closely with the school to help address the issues that would be discussed at this conference.” She said.
Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo also disclosed plans of collaborating with the Dean of the University of Ghana School of Law, Professor Raymond A. Atuguba, in supporting the reform of legal education in Ghana.
“Indeed, if you have a very focused and hardworking Dean as we have now who is working assiduously to bring change and progress to the school, you really do not have any other option but to have the University of Ghana School of Law in your heart,” she said.
She added that they would ensure that students are equipped well in terms of legal education and training to enable them to fit into the legal professional space.
“We will do this by continuing to ensure that our students get the best training possible, including exposure to learning to adequately prepare them for the world of work. When we do our part, it is important to acknowledge the broader issues facing legal education in Ghana over which we have very little control. Particularly the issue of LLB holders gaining admission to the Ghana School of Law. This has been an issue of serious concern to us as University. Several solutions have been proposed and I am certain that over the course of this conference, some of the discussions will touch on these critical issues”
The International Conference on “The Future of Legal Education in Ghana/Africa” was a 4-day conference, which interrogated issues relating to the following themes:
- The Policy, Legal, Management and Ethical Frameworks of Legal Education;
- Curriculum development and Teaching Methodologies; and
- Resources for Legal Education