A Criminal Justice expert has advised law students to consider other career options rather than clamouring to go to the Ghana School of Law.
Justice Julia Sarkodie-Mensah said not all law students have to end up in the “courtroom” as has become common in the country.
She is advocating for a multi-disciplinary approach that will equip law students with the requisite knowledge, tools and skills needed in the job market.
Listen to Justice Julia Sarkodie-Mensah’s audio below:
Speaking at the launch of the Centre for Practical and Multi-disciplinary Legal Education and Training (CPMLET) at the University of Professional Studies, Accra Wednesday, she said law students who take up other disciplines will have many career options even if they do not end up at Makola.
Those who end up at the Ghana School of Law will also have many options if they add other disciplines to their studies, she added.
“Law by its very nature is multi-disciplinary… it prepares law graduates for the law out there [and] enables them to deepen their legal knowledge,” she said.
The UPSA’s Centre for Practical and Multi-disciplinary Legal Education and Training will focus on “practical and the multi-disciplinary legal education and training,” Dean of the Centre, Godwin Adagewine told UPSANEWSROOM.com’s Audrey Ofousapea and Venessa Oduma Boamah.
Although other public universities in the country had expressed an intention to create a similar centre, Mr Adagewine said UPSA has demonstrated that it is an action-oriented school.
Reacting to the creation of the Centre, Justice Julia Sarkodie-Mensah said it will “change the legal education landscape in Ghana, making it appropriate and relevant for the 21st century and beyond.”
“As we all know, the law has been a very conservative professional and that’s why we still go around with funny wigs and funny outfits in this weather,” she noted, adding the mission of the Centre will help in shaping well-grounded law graduates.
“So if you join this programme and you don’t make it to Makola you have many other options and if you do you will have more options,” she said of the Centre.