To the dismay of thousands of academicians, only 15.6 percent of candidates, who sat the recent aptitude test administered by the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, made a successful pass.

Administered on Saturday, April 21, only 37 of the 237 candidates met the minimum 50 percent or above requirement set by the examination committee to make a pass.

According to authorities of the School of Law, the 37 successful candidates are expected to sit an interview after which successful candidates will be admitted to the only higher institution that prepares lawyers in Liberia.

As part of the requirements, those who sat the recent aptitude test were to pay US$150 and must have met a minimum GPA of 2.7 and above.

This year’s failure is similar to that of the University of Liberia undergraduate entrance exams administered in April 2013 in which all 25,000 candidates failed the exams.

As in the case of the 2013 undergraduate exams, academicians are surprised as to the huge failure, especially when the candidates have their undergraduate degree.

Named after a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia,  Louis Arthur
Grimes, the school was founded in 1951 and serves as the only law  school in the West African country.

It offers a three-year program leading to a Bachelor of Law degree.

As the only public law school, the institute offers legal study in courses including civil procedure, legal research and writing, criminal, property, and constitutional law, contracts, and evidence law, along with other standard law school courses; culled from LINA.

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