University of Ghana

by Israel Boafo Bansah

University of Ghana provides the best education, training, and knowledge resources for the preparation of the legal minds and professionals capable of becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

University of Ghana Law Programmes

  • LL.B 
  • Post-First Degree LL.B
  • MA – Human Rights and Administration
  • LL.M –  Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • M.A – Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • LL.M – Oil and Gas

University of Ghana Law Admission Procedures

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR  POST-FIRST DEGREE LL.B PROGRAMME

Since the year 2000, the law course at the University of Ghana is characterized as a second first degree course. This means that entrants to the Law School must possess a Degree from a “recognized university”. By “recognized university”, we mean a University that is accredited by the appropriate body in the country where the University operates its main business as a University. 

POST-FIRST DEGREE LL.B ADMISSIONS 2021/2022

The University of Ghana School of Law invites Applications for admission into its Post-First Degree LL.B programme for the 2021/2022 academic year. (Applicants should note that the Post First Degree LLB Programme is now an EVENING undergraduate programme).

Lectures start from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on weekdays.

Qualification:

The minimum entry qualification is a Second Class (Lower Division) Degree in any discipline from a recognised University (i.e. Universities recognised and/or accredited by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC)).

Before starting your application, we strongly recommend that you read and review this advertisement carefully together with all relevant information and guidelines for prospective applicants. Please follow carefully all instructions given. You must submit your completed application forms on-line.

Applicants must in addition provide or submit the following required documents and/or materials DIRECTLY to the School of Law before the given application deadline, namely: –

  • One (1) copy of ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE authenticated by institution awarding degree;
  • One (1) copy of ORIGINAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT;
  • Three (3) Academic Referee reports;
  • Please provide, in your own handwriting, a candid evaluation of yourself as a person, discussing in order of importance to you, the personal characteristics you feel are your strengths and those you feel are your weaknesses. The written self-evaluation must be signed by you with your usual signature;
  • Application Confirmation Letter

APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT SEND ANY HARD COPIES OF DOCUMENTS TO THE SCHOOL.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

The DEADLINE for the submission of applications online and also for the submission of all of the above-required and mentioned documents to the School of Law is 5. 00PM  WEDNESDAY JUNE 30, 2021. Owing to high demand, we regret that we are unable to consider incomplete and/or late applications.

Note:  Be sure to put your full name ‘(as the same appears on all your supporting documents) and your Serial Number (as it appears on the E-voucher) on all the above documents before submission. The name of the programme being applied for should also be written on all documents. All documents should be in English. Documents not in English should be accompanied by accredited translations in English.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION:

Qualified short-listed Applicants will be expected to take a selection examination which will attract a non-refundable examination fee of Five Hundred Ghana Cedis Only (GH¢ 500 .00) for both Ghanaian and International Applicants. Date for Entrance Examination is Thursday, July 15, 2021. Applicants who pass the Entrance Examination will go through an admission interview process scheduled for Monday, August 23 to Thursday, August 26, 2021. 

Applicants should kindly take note that, the dates for Entrance Examinations and Interviews are provisional.

INTEGRITY OF APPLICATION:

The University of Ghana and its School of Law are committed to maintaining the integrity of all programmes. Please be aware that if you provide us with false, fraudulent, incomplete or misleading information, your application runs the risk of being rejected or denied. Applications can only be formally considered when all required documents have been received no later than the notified closing deadline for submission of application forms (i.e. no later than 5:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021).

University of Ghana Law Contact Details

+233-(0)303-963750

lawschool@ug.edu.gh

P.O. Box LG 70

Legon, Accra

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

by Israel Boafo Bansah

The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian public universities and tertiary institutions. It was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast, and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programmes and awarded degrees. It gained full university status in 1961, and now has over 40,000 students.
The original emphasis was on the liberal arts, social sciences, basic science, agriculture, and medicine, but (partly as the result of a national educational reform programme) the curriculum was expanded to provide more technology-based and vocational courses and postgraduate training.
The university is having its main campus based at Legon, about twelve kilometres northeast of the centre of Accra. The medical school is in Korle Bu, with a teaching hospital and secondary campus in the city of Accra called the Accra City Campus. It also has a graduate school of nuclear and allied sciences at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, making it one of the few universities on the Africa continent offering programmes in nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.

HISTORY ABOUT THE FORMATION OF UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast on the recommendation of the Asquith Commission, on Higher Education in the then British colonies. The Asquith Commission, which was set up in 1943 to investigate Higher Education, recommended among other things, the setting up of University Colleges in association with the University of London. This was followed up by a number of separate Commissions in different regions. The West Africa Commission was under the Chairmanship of the Rt. Hon. Walter Elliot.
The Elliot Commission published a majority report which recommended the establishment of two University Colleges in the Gold Coast (Ghana) and Nigeria, and a minority report which held that only one University College for the whole of British West Africa was feasible. The British Government at first accepted the minority report of the Elliot Commission and decided that a University College for the whole of British West Africa should be established at Ibadan in Nigeria. But the people of the Gold Coast could not accept this recommendation. Led by the scholar and politician, the late Dr. J.B. Danquah, they urged the Gold Coast Government to inform the British Government that the Gold Coast could support a University College. The British Government accordingly reviewed its decision and agreed to the establishment of the University College of the Gold Coast.
The University College of the Gold Coast was founded by Ordinance on August 11, 1948 for the purpose of providing for and promoting university education, learning and research. Its first Principal was the late Mr. David Mowbray Balme. Mr. Balme was far-sighted, courageous and dedicated to the promotion of scholarship. By his vision, industry and single-mindedness of purpose, he built a college and laid the foundations for a sound University which is now a source of pride. In his ten years of Principalship, he created an institution whose key-note was orderly living with dignity in a community of scholars.
One of the recommendations of the Asquith Commission was that the British Government should set up an Inter-Universities Council to advise on all matters relating to Higher Education in the new British Colonies. The Inter-Universities Council served the new University College of the Gold Coast in an advisory capacity, but it approved all academic appointments. This arrangement helped the College to maintain the high academic standards associated with the Universities in Britain. Also, it enabled the College to seek support of the Council in obtaining funds from the United Kingdom Government sources.
From its inception, the University College of the Gold Coast was admitted to the Scheme of Special Relationship extended by the University of London to certain English and overseas University Colleges. Under this scheme, the University College was allowed to teach for the external degree examinations of London University. It also allowed the College to modify the London syllabuses to suit local conditions and to take part in the setting and marking of examinations.
But London University gave final approval to courses and examinations since the degrees given were those of the University of London. For thirteen years, therefore, the University College looked up to two separate institutions in Great Britain: to the Inter-Universities Council for guidance on its broad policy, and to the University of London for approval and control of details of degree regulations. The University College benefitted greatly from this arrangement which certainly helped to maintain its high academic standards.
In the 1960-61 academic year, the College Council made a request to the Government of Ghana for legislation to constitute the University College into a University with the power to award its own degrees. The Government appointed an International Commission to examine the problem. On the recommendations of that Commission, the University of Ghana was set up by an Act of Parliament on October 1, 1961 (Act 79). The then President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, became the first Chancellor of the University, with Nana Kobina Nketsia IV, BLitt DPhil (Oxon), Omanhene of Essikado, as the (Interim) Vice Chancellor.