TWU scores legal victory in quest to open law school

November 3, 2016

The Appeals Court of British Columbia has ruled against an attempt by the BC Law Society to deny accreditation to graduates of Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, reports the Canadian Press. The ongoing legal dispute has centred on TWU’s community covenant, which bans students from having sexual relations outside of heterosexual marriage. The BC Law Society had argued that the covenant discriminates against LGBTQ students, yet the Appeals Court described the decision to deny accreditation as “unreasonable,” adding that “while we accept that approval of (Trinity Western’s) law school has, in principle, a detrimental impact on LGBTQ equality rights, because the number of law school places would not be equally open to all students, the impact on applications made . . . by LGBTQ students would be insignificant in real terms.” Toronto Star (CP) | CBC