Trinity Western finalized its proposal for a School of Law in 2012, after more than 20 years of planning, extensive consultation, and detailed preparation. The B.C. Minister of Advanced Education fully approved our proposal in December 2013, as did both The Law Society of British Columbia and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, and plans to open the School of Law moved forward.
However, unanticipated and unprecedented opposition arose. The objection concerned not the quality of Trinity Western's education, but the way in which the TWU Christian community chooses to live, work and study together, sharing traditional Christian values.
In 2014, The B.C. Minister of Advanced Education revoked his approval when the Law Society of B.C. reversed its original decision to accept TWU’s law graduates. The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society also voted against the TWU law school.
TWU pursued litigation in those three provinces. The Nova Scotia litigation has concluded in TWU’s favour. Ontario courts decided against TWU, while BC courts decided in favour. Those two cases were heard at the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30 and December 1, 2017.
On Friday June 15 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on Trinity Western’s case.
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We respect the Supreme Court’s decision and ask you to pray as TWU continues to be a learning community that provides high quality education to the next generation of leaders.