In Ghana, you are called to the Bar as both a barrister and a solicitor. Practising as a lawyer primarily involves advising and representing individuals and institutions in pursuing and defending their legal rights.
Being in the Bar can provide a challenging yet exciting and fulfilling experience. The Bar provides a close-knit but very sociable society and features many events such as the Annual Bar Conferences and educational lectures to facilitate further legal development and networking amongst members.
To qualify for the Bar, you must satisfy a 2-year educational and skill development requirement at the Ghana School of Law.
To be enrolled in the Ghana School of Law for this course, you must possess a Law Degree from Universities and Institutions approved by the General Legal Council and must have passed the following subjects: Law of Contract Torts, Criminal Law, Law of immovable property, Constitutional Law, The Ghana Legal System and its History, Equity and Succession. You will then write an entrance examination followed by an interview before you are admitted to undertake the 2-year training.
After completing and passing the Ghana School of Law course, you will be enrolled into the Ghana Bar if the General Legal Council is satisfied that you are of good character followed by a 6 month pupillage requirement after which a Solicitor Licence is issued.
Although the Bar is highly competitive, it is open to all individuals willing to take up the challenge.