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LSBC reverses its decision on TWU School of Law

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Today, the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) benchers voted 25 to one, with four benchers abstaining, to reverse its previous decision to recognize graduates of the Trinity Western University School of Law.

TWU spokesperson Guy Saffold said the university is disappointed with this outcome. “Trinity Western is open and welcoming to all, and places a high importance on respect and care for everyone in our community,” said Saffold. “In line with our mission and values, TWU’s new law school will focus on developing leaders to serve those who are currently underserved and vulnerable—that means educating lawyers to work in rural communities and the not-for-profit sector.”

TWU has challenged similar decisions by the law societies in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Those cases will be heard December 16-19, and January 19, respectively. In addition to the challenges in Ontario and Nova Scotia, a Petitioner represented by Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby commenced a lawsuit against the BC Minister of Advanced Education to challenge the Province’s December 2013 approval. TWU is a Respondent to this litigation, which will be heard December 1-5.

“The process for the TWU School of Law is ongoing,” said Saffold. “We will take some time to review our course of action in British Columbia.”

Founded in 1962, TWU has been a part of higher education in British Columbia for over 52 years. TWU has six professional schools, including business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies and arts, media and culture. The School of Law will be its seventh.

  • Last Updated on October 31st, 2014 at 1:51pm
  • Author: Jennifer Watton
  • Email: media@twu.ca
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