BC Advanced Education Minister reverses decision on TWU School of Law

Today, the BC Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk revoked the consent he had previously given for Trinity Western University to offer a law degree program.

TWU President Bob Kuhn said the University is disappointed with Minister Virk’s decision. “It is difficult to conceive of a justifiable basis for the Minister to have revoked his approval of the school of law program. As a private Christian University, Trinity Western has demonstrated its place in Canada’s academic community, delivering some of Canada’s highest ranked professional programs,” said Kuhn. “We believe in diversity and the rights of all Canadians to their beliefs and values.”

Minister Virk consented to a law degree being offered at TWU in December 2013 after his ministry conducted an extensive review of the program. The Minister has been under pressure to revoke his consent since October 31 when the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) reversed its earlier decision to recognize the TWU School of Law graduates.

“We remain committed to having a School of Law,” said Kuhn, “and now have to carefully consider all our options.” Although it is not TWU’s wish to engage in another legal battle, Kuhn said: “There are such important rights and freedoms at stake that we may have no choice but to seek protection of them in court.”

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—which will focus on charities, not-for-profit, and entrepreneurial law—will be its seventh.

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