B.C. lawyers vote against Trinity Western University law school

Law Society board unlikely to overturn vote, meaning graduates could not practice law in B.C.

  • Oct. 30, 2014 12:00 p.m.

It’s another setback for Trinity Western University’s proposed law school.

More than 8,000 members of the Law Society of British Columbia have voted 74 per cent in favour of reversing the society board’s earlier decision that it would recognize graduates of TWU’s proposed school of law.

The law society board will make the final decision on Friday, but is now expected to ratify the members’ decision.

Opposition to TWU’s proposed law school by many lawyers centres on the private Christian university’s community covenant, which forbids sex outside heterosexual marriage.

TWU is already challenging in court decisions by two other law societies.

The Law Society of Upper Canada in Ontario has voted against approving the law school and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has granted conditional acceptance, but only if the school changes the covenant for law students, or allows them to opt out.