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Welcome Message from Dean Ernest Owusu-Dapaa, PhD

Dr. Ernest Owusu Dapaa

Welcoming you to our website is not only exciting for me but equally nostalgic since in 2003 as fresh graduate from the professional law school I found myself becoming a pioneer lecturer at KNUST Faculty of Law.  It is pertinent that you are told a very important   story which could be conveniently be titled “Speaking the Unspeakable”. Many years providing legal education or pursuing same I   Ghana was unthinkable unless one chose to reside in Accra the capital city. In July, 2003 all that myth exploded into thin air when the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology made the conscious effort to establish a full blown Faculty of Law in Kumasi, the 2nd largest city in Ghana. KNUST eminently   carved an enviable niche for itself by commencing the African premier science and technology oriented Faculty of Law nearly two decades ago. The interface between law, science and technology provides numerous prospects and challenges from regulatory perspective. Through our KNUST Faculty of Law have come Ministers and deputy of Minsters of State, numerous judges, celebrated legal academics teaching in various universities across Ghana and some universities around the world, captains of industry, entrepreneurs, public servants, and incredibly accomplished lawyers who practice throughout the nation and across the world.

Our Faculty of Law   is a pioneer and leader in   researching and teaching    countless thematic areas and fields of law emerging from the unstoppable marriage between law on one hand and science and technology on the other hand. Our work covers an incredible range of legal and policy issues in comparative law, customary law, constitutional law, corporate governance, national security, the environment, labor and employment, oil and gas, international trade, health care law and policy and biotechnology, law and religion, animal rights, regulation of cyberspace, criminal justice, education, law and economics and many more science and technology related law fields.

As a science and technology law oriented legal education provider which takes pride in critical thinking and reasoning, we teach you about legal rules and principles, but you are also encouraged to look beneath the surface of the law and study its complexity and contradictions. This involves analysing different types of legal system, considering power, and examining who benefits and who loses from different decisions. This enhances what is already a fascinating subject, and means you will graduate with a highly regarded degree and a wealth of skills that will help you succeed in your career.

To enable our students to develop advocacy skills our department has vibrant moot court and law clinic programme. From its inception our Faculty of Law has been participating in various moot court competitions at national and international levels.  KNUST Faculty of Law is an institution with relentless forward momentum. In an era in which the legal profession is changing in key ways and in which there is legitimate uncertainty about precisely what lawyers’ careers will look like ten, twenty years from now particularly against the backdrop of how to reform professional legal education and aspects of regulation of the legal profession.  it is fundamentally important to make sure that law students are equipped with the right mix of skills and the best foundational education and practical training to flourish, to adapt, and to lead in this brave new world. KNUST Faculty of Law is responding to this dynamic landscape intentionally and strategically. It is truly a place of innovation. Innovation in spirit and in action.

We have a faculty of top lawyer-educators, many with substantial interdisciplinary training and all with a passion for educating modern lawyers with modern skills. We have a curriculum that is rigorous and comprehensive, yes, but also imaginative and future-focused. We have a student body that is diverse, mature, they are truly excited about the future and about their role in creating a new profession for a changing world. We understand that the lawyer of the future will encounter a profession in which the practice of law will not be preoccupied with a separate language— legalese—cordoned off from the rest of the world. Rather, lawyers will be social engineers, managers of information, and developers of novel techniques to help facilitate the objectives of government and of the economy. You will be lawyers working at the intersection of law, business, and technology, and I promise you that the intensive, multidisciplinary education you will receive at KNUST Faculty of Law will equip you well to be this new kind of lawyer, this professional leader for the modern age.

Ernest Owusu-Dapaa, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Law, KNUST