March 16, 2015 By Hawa Amara
Some 49 students of the Sierra Leone Law School have been certified and called to the Sierra Leone Bar as legal practitioners.
While handing over certificates to the students last Friday at the Chambers of Justice building in Freetown, Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, acting Chief of Justice Valesius V. Thomas, congratulated the new barristers on their successful completion of professional legal studies at the Sierra Leone Law School.
“As Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, I congratulate you all on behalf of the Council for your successful completion of course study at the Sierra Leone Law School,” Justice Thomas told the 49 barristers.
He said they are now qualified to apply to the General Legal Council to have their names on the temporary register as Pupil Barristers and, upon conclusion of pupilage, to be admitted and enrolled as legal practitioners.
He advised them to exercise caution in their new profession and to be respectful to society all the times, adding that they should maintain their integrity and respect especially in their relationship with clients, including a clear distinction between client money and their personal money.
He admonished them to be professionals as they should be content with what they get, little be it or much.
He said the student should not lie to their clients. “Remember you are lawyers, not liars,” he warned.
In his vote of thanks, star student, Siman Allie Mans-Conteh thanked the Sierra Leone Law School for the knowledge they imparted to students and promised they would live up to expectation, as advised by the acting Chief Justice.