TWU law school battle not over yet

April 28, 2014

Last week, Ontario’s law society voted 28–21 against accrediting the controversial proposed law school at Trinity Western University in BC. Members of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) board of directors voted to decide whether graduates of TWU’s proposed law school, set to open in 2016, would be allowed to practice in Ontario. “I cannot vote to accredit a law school which seeks to control students in their bedrooms,” said one member of the LSUC. The law school had previously been approved by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, and earlier this month, BC’s law society voted to accredit graduates from the program. However, a petition with over 1,300 signatures has been submitted to the LSBC, prompting a special general meeting to review the accreditation decision. Faculty members at the University of Manitoba have spoken out against the law school at TWU, and will call on the Law Society of Manitoba to hold public consultations before deciding whether to accredit TWU graduates in Manitoba. Nova Scotia’s law society decided on Friday to approve TWU's accreditation on the condition that they remove the prohibition against same-sex intimacy from the school's community covenant.CBC | National Post | Globe and Mail (BC) | Globe and Mail (NS) | Winnipeg Free Press