‘End product of legal education shouldn’t be limited to the courtroom’ – Tsatsu Tsikata
Famed lawyer and academic, Tsatsu Tsikata, has intimated that the attempt to regulate the number of lawyers in the country, should not be used to unfairly prevent others from undergoing training in that field.
According to him, there is the need to have an expanded national conversation on the end-product of legal education to consider the fact that going through legal education does not necessarily mean one will end up in the courtroom.
He said people can go through legal education and also serve in other professions.
“We need to start broadening the outlook of what the end product [of legal education] is about so that it is not just about people going to court and people thinking that there are too many people in legal practice,” Tsatsu Tsikata said on Citi TV’s ‘Upside down’ show.
“I would like to see a situation in which there isn’t so much of a preoccupation with law and entry into the legal profession for the sake of going to court, because many people use law and their knowledge of law for other things,” he added.
The renowned lawyer however urged young people not to be fixated on the law profession, but explore other professions that can equally help them to contribute immensely to national development.
He also advised young people who have already taken legal education but feel frustrated by the system to consider it as an opportunity to move into another career direction that could better be aligned with their talents.
“If we have a broader outlook, the law shouldn’t be the only thing that young people aspire to venture into. We need to have a broader national conversation about how we draw people into all these areas of professional life; law, medicine, engineering among others. There are a lot of things we should have an aspiration to, which can contribute immensely to the development of the country.”
“I also believe that for many of the young people who are looking to get into the legal profession who feel disappointed, sometimes you must look at obstacles that come on your path as an opportunity for a new direction. It means that there must be some other direction that could be available to them and that could be more suited to their talent,” he noted.