Deputy Ranking Member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament, Francis-Xavier Sosu, has taken a swipe at the Attorney General (AG) Godfred Dame, for saying that law practice is a privilege.
His comments follow a remark by the Attorney General cum Minister for Justice, who said that practicing law is a privilege, and not a right as many may believe.
Mr. Godfred Dame, during the induction ceremony of new executives of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), called on the new executives to help him drum home point that the practice of law is not a right but a privilege which comes with a moral obligation and a legal duty to uphold the dignity of the profession.
However, Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu has opposed the AG’s assertion.
“Law School is not a privilege, it is a constitutional right for every qualified Ghanaian”, the Human Rights Activist stated in a tweet on Thursday, November 4, 2021.
To buttress his stance, he argued further that “Articles 37 and 38 of our Constitution requires the State to provide adequate educational facilities to guarantee equal access and opportunities to “life long education” without limits”.
Francis-Xavier Sosu is among several people who are at the forefront of the ongoing debate regarding the legal educational system in the country and calling for reforms to strengthen the legal system.
He had earlier petitioned parliament to order the GLC to submit raw scores of their recent exams to the house for review following the mass failure in the Law School Entrance Exams.
Parliament in a letter to the General Legal Council directed the council to proceed and admit all students who passed in accordance with the advertised rules of the examination
Meanwhile the Dean of the law Faculty at the University of Prpfessional Studies, Prof. Kofi Abotsi, has stated that Parliament’s directive to the General Legal Council to admit the 499 students is questionable.