Law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia vote against Federation’s approval of TWU School of Law

Two provincial law societies—the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS)—have voted against the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC), denying its approval of Trinity Western University’s School of Law.

These decisions—made in close votes of 28 to 21 in Ontario, and 10 to 9 in Nova Scotia—come despite the recent April 11 vote (of 20 to 6) by the Law Society of British Columbia to respect the FLSC approval. The TWU School of Law has also been approved by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and TWU law graduates are already cleared to article and practice in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunavut.

“We are very disappointed,” said TWU President Bob Kuhn, J.D., who was present at the LSUC Bencher meeting in Toronto yesterday. “These decisions impact all Canadians and people of faith everywhere. They send the chilling message that you cannot hold religious values and also participate fully in public society.”

“The criteria that the Ontario and Nova Scotia law societies used to consider the TWU School of Law were not clear,” said Kuhn. The two bodies initially charged with reviewing the TWU School of Law proposal—the FLSC and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education—used well-defined standards and conducted thorough evaluation processes over an 18-month period. Both decided in favour of TWU.

The University is reviewing its options, including legal recourse. “These provincial law societies are not the final authority. We feel the Ontario and Nova Scotia decisions are legally incorrect and it may now be necessary to re-litigate an issue that has already been decided in our favour by an 8 to 1 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001,” Kuhn said.

Denying TWU accreditation in Ontario and Nova Scotia will create a patchwork system in which TWU graduates can practice law in some provinces but not others. Five Provinces and one Territory have already aligned with the FLSC approval of the TWU School of Law.

Despite these decisions, Trinity Western University will continue with its plans to launch Canada’s only law school at a faith-based university. By developing legal studies within a framework of servant leadership, the TWU Law program will train lawyers with a focus on community service. The School of Law will help meet the growing need for practical and affordable legal services in Canada. Students will be encouraged to see the profession of law as a high calling of service, and to volunteer with local, national, and global NGOs that serve under-developed nations and the vulnerable.

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.

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#ThankYouBob | “I will wear my TWU and Spartan jacket and hoodie with pride not just because I am someone who loves this place, but because I’m proud of this school’s accomplishments, and because I love you.

These clothes will remind me that we are Trinity Western University. TWU is not an ‘it’, it is a ‘we’.
Trinity Western is a community, not just a place.”
-President Bob Kuhn, Farewell Chapel

This week is Bob Kuhn’s final week as President of Trinity Western University. We will be honouring his service this week. Be sure to find time to give him a greeting!

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#ThankYouBob | “I will wear my TWU and Spartan jacket and hoodie with pride not just because I am someone who loves this place, but because I’m proud of this school’s accomplishments, and because I love you.

These clothes will remind me that we are Trinity Western University. TWU is not an ‘it’, it is a ‘we’.
Trinity Western is a community, not just a place.”
-President Bob Kuhn, Farewell Chapel

This week is Bob Kuhn’s final week as President of Trinity Western University. We will be honouring his service this week. Be sure to find time to give him a greeting!

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“Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again!”
-What A Beautiful Name, Hillsong Worship

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. (Revelation 1:17-18)

HE IS RISEN.

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Jesus has conquered sin and death. HE IS RISEN. HE IS ALIVE! We are wishing our TWU community a blessed Easter Sunday. #Easter

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Jesus has conquered sin and death. HE IS RISEN. HE IS ALIVE! We are wishing our TWU community a blessed Easter Sunday.
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When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. (Revelation 1:17-18)
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: Joel Hansen

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Good Friday. We reflect on the significance of the cross and Christ's sacrifice. His death paid the cost so that we may experience eternal life in and through Him. Take a moment to reflect on the weight of Christ's life, His death, His unfathomable love for you. #GoodFriday https://t.co/LgqTN15J04

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