Justice Minister (Minjustice) Laurent Esso recently issued a decree announcing a new bar exam for March 23, 2024. This comes after a nine-year gap, causing a significant backlog and leading many lawyers to call it a "pressing necessity."
"Litigation needs many more lawyers," emphasized a Yaoundé lawyer, reflecting the widespread hope for a large pool of successful candidates. As per the Ministry of Justice decree (Chapter 4), only those who score at least 12 out of 20 marks will be admitted for a two-year training program followed by a final exit exam for bar admission.
The last bar exam was held in February 2014, with successful trainees sworn in by January 2015. Subsequent waves of trainees took their exams in 2018 and 2020. Notably, the remaining trainees from the 2015 cohort will participate in their final exit exam next March (as per a separate Minjustice order) after nine years of training. According to rumours, this is their final attempt before permanent exclusion.
Michel Ange Nga