Akufo-Addo cuts sod for Law School Village

The new campus will provide a state-of-the-art, 1,300-seater multipurpose conference hall, as well as two lecture halls with teleconference facilities

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod on Wednesday (26 May 2021) for the construction of phase one of the Law School Village for the Ghana Law School. The sod-cutting took place at a ceremony in the Academic Enclave near the University of Ghana Business School.

The Ghana School of Law is the sole institution in Ghana responsible for professional legal education, training eligible individuals as lawyers and integrating them into the legal system.

President Akufo-Addo, a lawyer by profession, expressed his delight that the project is happening under his presidency.

“I have been reliably informed that some 1,000 students were admitted during the 2020/2021 academic year, a development which led to the acting director and management of the School taking a cue from the double-track system, initiated in our senior high schools, to introduce a triple- track system,” he said.

“With the 2021/2022 academic year fast approaching, the School is again faced with limited and overstretched facilities, hence the added importance of this project.”

Call to public service

The entire Law Village Project, Akufo-Addo said, will cost approximately US$55 million, with phase one complementing the facilities of the Accra Main Campus located at Makola, at a cost of $4 million.

“Once completed, the Law Village will boast an additional seating capacity of 1,500 seats, a number of lecture halls, a well-resourced library, residential facilities and offices,” he added.

The president was confident that the completion of the Law Village project will expand access to legal education without compromising on quality and, ultimately, will assist in the administration of justice throughout Ghana.

“As many more lawyers are trained, it is my hope that, indeed, many more of them will join the public sector to enhance the quality of legal service delivery in the sector.

“I assure all of you that this project is the beginning of greater things to come for the Ghana School of Law. The government’s commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in professional legal education in Ghana is absolute,” he said.

Project brief

The Law Village will help address challenges, such as overwhelmed and outdated facilities and traffic congestion, that students and teachers of the law face with the present location of the main campus at Makola in Accra.

The new campus will provide the following: a state-of-the-art, 1,300-seater multipurpose conference hall; two lecture halls with teleconference facilities; two 500-seat lecture theatres; 15 lecture rooms of 40-seat capacity each; a modern library; a sick bay; and student lounges, among other amenities.

It will also house an SRC centre, a 50-unit office facility for faculty and administration, a restaurant that can seat 50 people, reading rooms and general stores for the Law School.

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