TWU’s School of Law will integrate academics, professionalism, ethics, and practical skills development. Core competencies will include hands-on experience in drafting legal documents, negotiating legal agreements and providing advocacy services to under-represented groups and individuals.
Students will also participate in a one-on-one mentor relationship with a seasoned lawyer and practice their skills through practicum placements. This will ensure that when TWU graduates enter the practice of law, they will be prepared to confidently engage the marketplace and serve clients immediately.
Serving the under-served
Non-profits and charities
Trinity Western University has a rich history of outreach and volunteerism within needy communities. In keeping with this practice, TWU law students will be able to pursue social innovation by specializing in areas such as non-profit and charity law.
A Trinity Western University School of Law education will challenge its students with theoretical issues, such as the meaning of justice, as well as practical issues, such as human rights and advocacy for those who are marginalized by society. They will also have unique opportunities to partner with agencies that serve the underserved and the oppressed. A TWU-sponsored pro bono legal clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is in the planning stages.
Small businesses and entrepreneurs
Trinity Western University graduates have long been recognized for excelling in the private sector. The School of Law will help continue this legacy by offering specialized training in small-business and entrepreneurial law. Grads will be uniquely prepared to serve clients in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, which is seeing continual and significant growth in the number of small businesses and sole proprietorships.
Addressing the articling gap by targeting small and medium-sized firms
A common challenge facing graduating law students is the shortage of articling/internship placements. All Canadian law societies require completion of articles for licensing.
Most of Canada’s law schools cater to large firms in urban centres. Though TWU graduates will be equipped to work anywhere in Canada, our School of Law curriculum is designed especially for lawyers who plan to work at smaller firms in rural or suburban areas.
A foundation of ethics
Sound ethics are a non-negotiable aspect of legal education. Leadership, integrity, and character development are central to TWU’s Christian identity, worldview and philosophy of education. We encourage students to see the practice of law as a high calling, and for that reason we will challenge them to confront, debate, and ponder the great questions of meaning, values, and ethics. Our hope is that TWU School of Law graduates will believe in and demonstrate a different perception of professionalism than the current marketplace promotes. TWU-educated lawyers will be expected to be not just legal technicians, but also trusted advisors who serve clients of every kind.