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KNUST Faculty of Law Holds Third Induction and Awards Ceremony

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The Faculty of Law at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, has inducted two hundred (200) newly admitted Bachelor of Law Students into the Faculty during its 3rd LLB Induction and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, 14th February 2024 at the Faculty of Law Auditorium.

Addressing the newly enrolled students, Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson, the Vice-Chancellor and Chairperson for the ceremony, emphasised the significance of the induction as an occasion to inculcate in the newly admitted students the pursuit for excellence in legal education and profession.

Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson
Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor

She highlighted the importance of empowering students not only as legal professionals but also as compassionate advocates for justice and equality. She advised the students to embrace challenges, appreciate lessons, and take advantage of the opportunities available at KNUST.

Professor Dickson encouraged the students to strive for excellence and work collaboratively with faculty members for success. “As a University, we continue to be very proud of the achievements of the staff and students of this faculty. Notable achievements include the recent award of the John Mensah Sarbah Award to its alumnus, in the person of Ebenezer Addai Osei, Esq. as well as other individual awards won by our alumni during the 2023 call to the bar. You have made a very smart choice to be trained here,” she said.

Dr. Chris Adomako-Kwakye
Dr. Chris Adomako-Kwakye, Acting Dean, KNUST Faculty of Law

The Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law, Dr. Chris Adomako-Kwakye, in his remarks noted that the inductees are the 22nd batch of LLB students admitted into the Faculty since its establishment in 2003., The Faculty has participated in several regional, national, and international moot court contests and has been successful in all such contests since its establishment.

Dr. Adomako-Kwakye seized the opportunity to solicit support for the expansion of infrastructural facilities to contain the growing student population. He stated that a committee would be put in place to mobilise funds to commence the faculty building project and urged stakeholders and alumni to come on board to make it a success. He also hinted at plans to introduce a 1-year Master of Laws degree for non-lawyers.

Amina Ali Issaka Esq.
Amina Ali Issaka Esq., Deputy Managing Counsel, Legal Ink, Accra

In her keynote address, the Deputy Managing Counsel for Legal Ink, Accra, and alumna of the Faculty, Amina Ali Issaka Esq., commended the KNUST Faculty of Law for instituting the induction ceremony. Sharing memories of her time in the Faculty, she encouraged the students to set clear educational and career goals, develop action plans, and persevere in the face of challenges. She emphasised the importance of learning from mistakes and urged the students never to quit in their pursuit for success.

Her Ladyship Justice Hannah Taylor administered the induction oath.

The President of the Law Student Union, Samuel Addae, congratulated the freshmen on their admission and solicited help from the alumni association to help with the faculty.

The ceremony also featured the maiden edition of the Academic Excellence Awards to encourage inductees to aspire to achieve greater heights in their academic pursuits.

Academic Excellence Awards
Her Ladyship Justice Hannah Taylor (left) Presenting a Certificate to Miss Esther Ohemaa Kwakye

As the highlight of the awards ceremony, Miss Esther Ohemaa Kwakye, emerged the Overall Best All-Round Student for the 2022/2023 Academic Year; Highest Scoring Student in Constitutional Law; Highest Scoring Student in Law of Contract; and Highest Scoring Student in Ghana Legal System in Year 1.