The Ghanaian Legal Education is becoming, if not already, reactionary, an arena for politics, and sopi-sopi pass rates ( to wit, rationed pass rate)

In 2019 after the first street protest by Ghanaian law students, the injustices which hitherto were abomination for students to speak of, became a national conversation all of a sudden. Almost every political party saved a chapter of their manifesto to promise reforms when voted into power. After the 2020 election, the total number of entrants into the Ghana School of Law increased from 128 ( in 2019) to a whopping 1000+ entrants. This number saw a drastic decrease (790 entrants) this year, amid unfair treatment of some 499 seniors ( according to some independent audits conducted on published raw scores). It is legitimate to observe the embarrassing fear that because this year is not an election year, there was a return to the sopi sopi figures! These aggrieved seniors, in fact the whole cohort, including the 2000 students who failed, were denied information about a scoring system that requires 50 percent pass mark in each section of the paper.

Over the years, the General Legal Council has come under fierce criticisms for monopolizing professional legal education, making controversial fiats, refusing to review the current systems and operating a closed door approach to the Ghanaian legal profession. Parliament has been identified to have contributed to this closed circuit through its laws on legal profession in Ghana. The continuous opaqueness, reactionary and staggering numbers recorded every year to a large extent gives credence to this fear, the fear that law students dont have a happy and secure future.

The above trajectory ( moderated pass rate ) simply suggests a core problem which remains unaddressed; That the future doesn’t lie in the reactionary, sopi sopi pass rates allegedly engineered in and out of political seasons, rather a sustainable change that embraces progressive legal education ; That the louder the call for justice for students, the more FAITH we develop that soonest legal education should be overhauled to meet expectations of the teeming youth and demands of a growing economy.

But no one will cause this change for us, if we, law students remain silent and leave it to protectors of the realms such as Professor Kwaku Azar Asare, inter alios. The struggle is even more important for we juniors at law. The future looks bleak no matter how bright one is. But in fear and uncertainty, we must still lead the charge and keep the protest alive, thankfully seniors at law are fronteiring this struggle, the least we can do is to participate online and in-person to increase the volume of our cry against an increasingly victimizing regime, a web any of us may be caught up in sooner than expected.

If there’s one thing law students [ should] lack, it is a timorous soul that accepts everything in the name of the grey-haired at law and a stigma of lese majeste . In fact , the basics of our training is our ability to question acts which we consider unfair and to demand fairness in the most decorous way. This time around, it’s our future that we defend.