Law students have been advised to develop and acquire personal and professional ethics that will help them to accomplish their goals in the legal profession.
Professor Mrs Lydia Apori Nkansah, Dean of Law Faculty of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology (KNUST), who made the call, said personal and professional ethical skills were imperative to excel in the legal profession.
Speaking at the Induction ceremony for 107 new students admitted to the Kumasi campus of the Ghana School of Law, she said professional ethics encompassed the personal and corporate standards of behavior expected of the legal profession.
Prof. Apori Nkansah pointed out that, becoming a lawyer was not an end in itself but rather, the beginning of a long and complex journey of a lifetime and this required students to be responsible to achieve success in the practice of law.
She stressed the need for each of the students to have a personal vision and plan for their career development in law, adding that, they should be counted as positive contributors, shaping the frontiers of the law and making it relevant to the present times.
“Professionals such as lawyers and doctors exercise specialist knowledge and skill.
The use of this knowledge should be governed as the provision of services by professionals to the public can be considered as a moral issue”, she said.
Prof. Apori Nkansah said the legal profession was the “Bible” for all legal practitioners in Ghana and it provided the guidelines for lawyers while regulating the conduct of all practicing lawyers to ensure sanity in the practice.
She pointed out that without professional conduct, etiquette and rules, the activities of legal practitioners would be unguided and the dignified status of the profession of legal practice would be brought into disrepute.
Mr. Kwasi Prempeh-Eck, Director of Legal Education, Ghana School of Law, said the institution was poised to offer students better lessons before releasing them to practice.
He called on the students to cooperate and help contribute their quota to the legal profession in Ghana and beyond.
Mr. Kwame Owusu Sekyere, Ashanti Regional Bar President, expressed worry at how most of the recent law students were relaxed in the study of the law, saying the law was a profession, and that whatever they study was going to be applied in future endeavours.
He advised the students to take their studies seriously and come out to abide by the professional ethics.