University of Cape Coast UCC Law School Outline
UCC Law School Course Features
1. Professional Development: Through this segment of the programme, the Faculty aims at providing students learning experience to complement their legal studies and to equip them with learning and life skills and to prepare them for lifelong learning. The student is also armed with communication and reasoning skills, management, emotional intelligence, research training, ethics and advocacy. Areas covered in the Professional Development course, apart from Legal Methods are Logic, Business Studies, Criminology, Psychology, Guidance and Counseling and Vocational Skills. This course was planned to enable students appreciate and function effectively in the wider society. Guest lecturers are routinely invited from the Bar, Bench and Academia to interact with students. This is course done every semester of the programme.
2. Community Engagement: there are faculty-student-community engagement programmes by way of seminars, conferences, and workshops for the various sections of society. The Faculty, through the Law Clinic, also offers supervised legal services to identifiable needy members of society such as remand prisoners.
3. Unique Courses: apart from the regular courses available in typical law programmes such as Contract Law, Property Law and Constitutional Law, elective courses such as Medical Law, Education Law, Local Government Law, Transport Law and Sports Law are offered. Other elective courses that are offered include Natural Resources Law and Environmental Law. There are elective concentrations in Business Law, Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Industrial Law, and Intellectual Property Law, among others.
4. Information and Communications Technology (ICT): the students are introduced to legal software and databases. Class delivery is aided by ICT, and assignments are given to and presented by students in electronic format. Students are therefore required to have personal computers and some competence in the use of computers. They will be supplied with software containing Ghanaian legislation and reported cases.
Besides the typical lecture format, classes will be highly interactive, problem-based learning and learner-centered rather than teacher-centered. Tutorials will be compulsory and students’ assignments, presentations, demonstrations, site visits, guest lectures and moot courts will be typical learning.
The Faculty creates a study environment that maximises learning efficiency and fosters productivity in its students. All students are encouraged to take advantage of all the available resources at the Faculty and within the wider university. The LLB curriculum is organised in such a way that students who pass all their courses will meet the course requirements for admission to the Ghana Law School, subject to the School’s own entry requirements.
In the first year, students take five core courses. In addition to four core courses, second year students select at least one elective and at most three elective courses from a wide range of options in both semesters. Third year students take three core courses, and at least two or at most three elective courses per semester. In addition to the core courses, The Faculty of Law also offers a compulsory non-credit Professional Development course for all its LLB students in all six semesters of the programme.
The objectives of the programme are to:
1. equip students with a sound understanding of the foundations of legal knowledge, enabling them to transition into the vocational training programme should they so desire;
2. offer students the opportunity to study law from an extensive catalogue of elective courses covering the entire range of legal knowledge;
3. develop students’ analytical and research skills, thereby equipping them with the skills they will need in their future careers;
4. enable students develop the skills to carry out research deploying both electronic and library-based sources, of critical analysis and through independent and team learning;
5. expose students to a wide range of disciplinary approaches to legal study, encouraging them to reflect on the complexity of legal practice and of the variety of ways of understanding the role of the Law in contemporary society;
6. present students with opportunities to have a detailed understanding of the Constitution, legislation, case-law and ‘soft law’ applicable to the relevant areas of law;
7. enable students to gain an understanding of, and be able to critically assess the social, political, cultural and economic problems from the legal point of view;
8. enable students to develop the aptitude to respond with competence and confidence to contemporary problems and issues in the field of law.
The delivery of courses will be done through a combination of pedagogical methods, including:
1. material delivered in the form of course materials and lectures to help students to hone their skills in organising information;
2. class discussion and tutorials to develop critical thinking and analyses of legal issues, and
3. student-led seminars and group presentations based on material prepared by students in advance in order to develop presentation and interpersonal skills and the spirit of teamwork.
Regarding assessment and grading, The Faculty follows the University of Cape Coast’s grading system