4th January, 1962
“This law school, whose building I am formally opening today was founded less than two years after Ghana became independent, to prepare students to become lawyers.
The object of the school is to give both full and part time tuition in law, so that those who had wished to become lawyers but who could not in the past afford the large sums required to study at the Inns of Court in London, can now qualify.
The lawyers needed in a developing state are, in the first place, those trained to assist the ordinary man and woman in his every day legal problems and particularly in the new problems likely to arise through industrialisation. For example, lawyers are required by the trade union movement to assist in making effective agreements with employers and seeing to it that the individual trade unionist obtains what is legally due to him, if he is injured at work or is illegally dismissed.
In the same way, lawyers are required throughout the country so that in some towns and villages, inexpensive, but good advice can be had by the ordinary man and woman so that they are not put at a disadvantage in dealing with a wealthy trading or commercial firm.
This is a very different conception to that of the lawyer of colonial days who lived in the big towns and spent most of his time in court or chambers dealing with a very restricted class of client. In consequence of the nature of his work, he was very liable to become subconsciously, an exponent of the views of colonial economic interests.
Secondly, and perhaps most important of all, we need lawyers in the service of the state, to deal with treaties and commercial agreements and with questions of private and public international law.
A modern state requires also in its public services, an increasing number of persons with a legal education, not only as advisers and legal technicians, but also in the day to day administration of the country.
I am opening this school of law and throwing open its doors not to Ghanaian students alone, but also to African students everywhere who may wish to study law here.”
From Prof.: “President Nkrumah’s vision, as reproduced above, is far from being attained and we have a solemn responsibility to resist, with all our might, those who now seek to shut the doors that this great man opened and to kill his dream of lawyering up the society!
Posterity requires that we put up a good fight and we shall, even if the imminent imbroglio surrounding the law school remains disappointingly invincible in the SONA.”
I support him 100%. And so should all Ghanaians.