Man becomes a doctor of law, makes it big after Ghana Law School rejected him

Theophilus Edwin Coleman overcame all his challenges to achieve the academic feat. Source: Facebook Source: UGC

Man becomes a doctor of law, makes it big after Ghana Law School rejected him

According to, Coleman was among many students who failed to enter the School of Law after taking an entrance exam and attending an interview.

“I completed UCC Law School in 2016 with a CGPA of 3.83. It came as a surprise that I failed the exam – and many of my classmates were also surprised. I don’t think I underestimated the exam, so I really don’t know what happened.” He added that he even got the opportunity to prepare most of his classmates that made it to Makola so he was still at a loss as to why he did not pass.

Dr Coleman said he felt quite disappointed because he knew even though the outcome was not pleasant, he still could do very little to salvage the situation.

He mentioned that the rejection came to him more as a disappointment rather than a painful experience. Following the rejection, Dr Coleman turned his attention to pursuing a higher degree and got into the University of Johannesburg where he graduated with a first-class in International Commercial Law (LLM).

He went on to pursue his LLD which focused on the theoretical foundations and the practical perspectives of the concept of contractual freedom and autonomy in Commonwealth Africa. Edwin is an alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law in The Netherlands. He has also completed an internship program at the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).

The thesis also develops a matrix for assessing the degree of respect and commitment to contractual freedom and autonomy in Commonwealth Africa.

He said: “My plan is to return to Ghana and fully enter into academia. For now however, I serving as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law at the University of Johannesburg. “I do not see myself going to Ghana law school anytime soon. There are so many problems with legal education that has to be resolved. One of them is the lack of academics. The number of doctorate holders in law can be counted couldn’t even get to 60. The average currently is around 42. So there is a real problem….”

The journey has been tough but Dr. Coleman is simply glad and grateful.

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