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Admission requirements to study Law in Ghana

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Admission requirements to study Professional Law Course in Ghana 

 

Professional Law Course (Plc) in Ghana

This is designed for Bachelor of Laws graduates from the University of Ghana, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (Kumasi) and other universities approved by the Council. Currently, the School runs a two-year Professional Law Course Programme. The following compulsory subjects are studied during the first year (Part One):

  • Law of Evidence
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Civil Procedure
  • Law Practice Management and Legal Accountancy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Company and Commercial Law Practice

The Compulsory subjects studied during the second year (Part Two) are:

  • Advocacy & Legal Ethics
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Practical Conveyancing and Drafting
  • Interpretation of Deeds and Statutes

 

Internship

A 6-month compulsory internship has been embedded in the two-year programme. Students are placed in selected Law Firms, Legal Departments and the Courts. Assessment will be conducted at the end of the internship programme. Only passed and referred students shall participate in the Internship Programme.

 

Qualification for Admission to Professional Law Course Programme

To qualify for admission to the Ghana School of Law for the Professional Law Course, applicants must pass the Entrance Examination conducted by the Independent Examination Committee. The categories of applicants listed below are eligible to write the Entrance Examination:

  1. ALL LLB graduates from the Faculties of Law of Public Universities in Ghana, including KNUST, Kumasi; University of Ghana (Legon) and GIMPA approved by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and the General Legal Council (GLC).
  2. ALL LLB graduates from the Faculties of Law of Private University Colleges in Ghana approved by the NAB and GLC.
  3. ALL Ghanaian LLB graduates or holders of equivalent law degrees from Universities in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America and other common law jurisdictions who have obtained passes in all the prescribed subjects/courses for admission to the Professional Law Course.
  4. For the avoidance of doubt, applicants from overseas/foreign Universities who possess LLB certificates or certificates for equivalent law degrees 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 d. Law of Equity and Succession
  • Law of Torts f. Law of Contract
  • Law of Immovable Property
  • Company Law
  • Commercial Law

In addition to the nine (9) subjects listed above, applicants must have studied and passed any one of the following subjects:

  • Law of Natural Resources
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law of Taxation

 

Applicants who are admitted to undertake the Professional Law Course are enrolled as Barristers at Law and Solicitors of the Supreme Court upon their successful completion of the Course.

 

Post-Call Law Course in Ghana

This Course is designed for Ghanaians who have qualified in Common Law countries outside Ghana as barristers and/or Solicitors, which operate a legal system analogous to Ghana. Non- Ghanaian applicants are considered only if their countries also admit Ghanaian lawyers to their Bar on terms similar to what pertains at the Ghana School of Law.

With effect from October 2013, the General Legal Council decided that the Course duration should be one academic year. Post-Call students study the following subjects:

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Civil Procedure
  • Law of Evidence
  • Family Law & Practice
  • Law of Interpretation of Deeds and Statutes
  • Ghana Constitutional Law
  • Ghana Legal System

Final examinations are held at the end of the Course which begins in October and ends in June each year. Successful candidates are also enrolled as Barristers at Law and Solicitors of the Supreme Court.

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