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GLC Withdraws Recognition of Three Private Universities’ Law Faculties

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The Ghana Legal Council (GLC) has withdrawn its recognition of the law faculties of three private universities, with immediate effect. The affected universities are the Presbyterian University College (Kumasi Campus), Wisconsin International University College (Kumasi Campus), and Greenfield College (Sunyani). The notice of withdrawal was published in the Daily Graphic on Wednesday, May 10.

While the GLC did not state the reason for the withdrawal of recognition, it cited Section 4 of the Legal Profession Act, 1960, Act 32, which stipulates that a person shall not be qualified for enrollment under any provision of the Act unless they are the holder of a degree from a university approved by the General Legal Council. The GLC is responsible for the accreditation of law faculties in Ghana.

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The move has sparked concerns among stakeholders, with some describing it as a setback for legal education in the country. The affected universities have not yet commented on the development.

For the most part, the GLC’s decision is in line with its efforts to ensure that the quality of legal education in Ghana meets the required standards. In recent years, the GLC has been tightening its regulations on law faculties, including the introduction of entrance exams for law students and the requirement for all law faculties to undergo re-accreditation every three years.

However, the withdrawal of recognition may also have adverse effects, particularly for students who are currently enrolled in the affected law faculties. The GLC has not yet indicated whether these students will be allowed to continue their studies or if they will be required to transfer to a different institution.

In a nutshell, the GLC’s decision highlights the need for continuous improvement in legal education in Ghana. While it may cause some short-term disruptions, it is ultimately aimed at ensuring that law graduates meet the required standards for enrollment and practice.

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