We've courses for non-LLB holders- Prof. Atuguba at 2021 Moot Court Competition finals

By Jerry Akornor 

Dean of University of Ghana School of Law Professor Raymond Atuguba has thrown an open invitation to the public to immediately take advantage of the school's special arrangement to admit non-LLB holders to pursue courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Human Rights and Administration. 

University of Ghana School of Law has preferential opportunities for non law degree holders to pursue Master of Arts (MA) in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Human Rights and Administration. According to Professor Atuguba, the window of opportunity to admit non-LLB holders introduced during the regime of the then Dean of Ghana's foremost Law School Prof. Kofi Quashigah, is anchored on the school's agenda to expand scope of knowledge transfers and acquisition whilst enhancing intellectual capacities of all and sundry desiring to learn. 

Speaking at the grand finale of University of Ghana School of Law 2021 Moot Court Competition on Friday 25 June held in Accra-Ghana, the Harvard trained Constitutional Law Expert Professor Atuguba said "This year's competition seeks to encourage talented students to consider pursuing a law career. I acknowledge the contributions of University of Ghana School of Law team, that of University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights, South Africa, schools, participants and Programme Co-ordinator Prof. Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua".

Prof. Atuguba noted that "Under the leadership of Prof. Kofi Quashigah as the Dean, the University of Ghana School of Law developed two courses for non-LLB holders called Master of Arts courses in Law...so you can choose to go for legal study at the level of LLB and proceeds to Ghana School of Law to study for the Bar, or pursue Master of Arts in Human Rights & Administration, MA in Media with first degree in any field, a knowledge acquisition that is very good for NCCE and CHRAJ workers. Achimota, Aquinas, St. Mary's and West African Senior High Schools, thanks for putting up a good fight"

Contributing to the debate, Moot Court Competition Programme Coordinator Professor Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua emphasised that the "contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their research, writing and oral advocacy skills, a crucial aspect of legal education" 

Professor Kwadwo Appiagywei-Atua, Coordinator of Moot Court Competition 

The Moot Court Competition is an annual academic exercise designed to engage the mooting skills of Senior High students throughout the country over a topical constitutional law issue that has a bearing on human rights. Apart from that, the focus of the yearly intellectual battle is to help students at second-circle institutions to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana including the values codified in it. This year's grand finale of 2021 Moot Court Competition saw Distinguished Constitutional Law Expert and Dean of UPSA Law School Prof. Ernest Kofi Abotsi, Former Dean of University of Ghana School of Law Prof. Kofi Quashigah, Criminologist and National Identification Authority Boss Prof. Ken Attafuah as Judges.

Apparently, St. Mary's Senior High School (SMSS), Accra has defeated its closest contender West African Senior High School (WASS) to win 2021 Moot Court Competition organised by University of Ghana School of Law in collaboration with the University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights in South Africa. This was when St. Mary's SHS (SMSS) puts up an impressive performance securing 386 marks, firmly holding grounds against its closest competitor West African SHS (WASS) which managed to garner 384 marks. Achimota SHS occupies the third position followed by St. Aquinas SHS which took the fourth position during which they were all awarded.

For his part, Deputy Commissioner at Commission on Human Rights and Administration of Justice (CHRAJ) Mr. Richard Quayson has expressed confidence that the "competition will afford participants the opportunity to assume the mantle of leadership. Mr. Quayson noted that apart from that, we need to continue to emphasise integrity, good moral compass that whips up the character of students to apply knowledge for the good of society solely to rid off corruption, discipline and lawlessness in recent times"

Mr. Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ 

Below are exclusive pictures from the grand finale of University of Ghana 2021 Moot Court Competition held on Friday 25 June in Accra-Ghana:

Exclusive pictures from presentation of some awards at University of Ghana School of Law Moot Court Competition finals to participating schools, contestants & coaches : 

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