The lack of simple but quality information with regards to access to Law Schools had sadly hindered thousands of prospective Students access into the various Law Schools and this piece of writing is intended to bridge that gap of misinformation and bring smiles unto millions of faces.
1. WHAT’S THE MODE OF APPLICATION AND DEADLINE?
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”
Basically, many Law schools in Ghana through their online portals and post mail often admit prospective students with the required pass, holding any Degree from any accredited tertiary institution or a WASSCE Certificate.
It is often interesting to note that having any of these Certificates doesn’t give one an automatic pass into the Law faculties but rather one must satisfy other entry requirement of each Law faculty.
2. AM I PREPARED FOR THE INTERVIEW SESSION AND THE EXAMS?
“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”
This area of the Law School process had been the most controversial aspect in recent times in Ghana.
Nonetheless, until the dust settles, a prospective Law Student must still prepare for any admission exams and interviews either at the Faculty / LLB Level or the Professional Law Course. (NOTE: There is no specific subject to learn to prepare for the LLB level entrance exams however current affairs or general knowledge should be basic). Also for the Bar entrance exams you are required to answer 20 Objectives questions with Two (2) written questions covering 10 Law Subjects as at now.
As for the Interview session, being confident, precise and truthful is an added advantage. The rest is Gods’.
3. DO I NEED TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL TO WORK IN THE LEGAL FIELD ?
John Maxwell “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potentials”.
There are job opportunities that intersect with Law but don’t require employees to have completed Professional Law Course or be called to the Bar be eligible to work.
Legal enthusiasts can work in legal organizations as Communications Manager or Chief Marketing Officer or Legal Consultant etc.
Therefore one must decide whether he or she wants to practice the law or work in any satellite legal agency or even Legal Academicians.
4. HOW MUCH WILL A LAW DEGREE COST?
Thomas A. Edison “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”
Law school tuition and fees can vary depending on different factors, including the Institution status, pedigree as public or private institution and whether to enroll as a full time or part – time student.
Negotiating financial aid packages and applying for scholarships can greatly help reduce cost. Also getting oneself engaged in a part time job can greatly help reduce cost.
5. WHEN TO TAKE THE PROFESSIONAL LAW COURSE ENTRANCE EXAMS?
Benjamin Franklin “An investment in knowledge pays the best of Interest”
When ready!. This is the answer. It includes having LLB Certificate procured from Faculties or Law Schools in Ghana having approval of the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and the General Legal Counsel (GLC).
Or better still, applicants from overseas/ foreign Universities who possesses LLB Certificates or Certificates for equivalent law degree, shall be eligible to write the Entrance Examination if such applicants have passed the subjects below at the LLB or equivalent Level; Ghana Constitutional Law, Ghana Legal System and Methods, Criminal Law, Law of Equity and Succession, Law of Torts, Law of Contracts, Law of Immovable Property, Company Law and Commercial Law.
In addition to the nine (9) subjects listed above, applicants must have studied and passed any one (1) of the following subjects, ie. Law of Natural Resources, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law and Law of Taxation. ( Refer also; https://gslaw.edu.gh/admissions/entry-requirements/ )
It is instructive to note that, it is upon passing the professional law course entrance exams and passing the final exams at the end of the two year course will one be called to the BAR to practice as a Lawyer.
Hope this piece has been informative. Keep grinding.
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