Thompson Rivers University officially opens Canada's newest and most forward thinking Faculty Of Law

KAMLOOPS, BC, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - Today marks the first day of class for a group of students at the first new Canadian law faculty in over 33 years.

Government officials and the Honourable Chief Justice S.G Finch and Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree have joined Chris Axworthy Q.C, TRU Founding Dean of Law; Honourable Wally Oppal, QC , TRU Chancellor;  Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor in the official opening of the Thompson River's University Faculty of Law.

"Today we mark the official opening of the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law and begin a journey that seeks to redefine both the study and practice of law in Canada," said Chris Axworthy. "Our Faculty will focus on the practical application of Canadian law to important issues facing society."

Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law welcomes 75 new students to an academic program that pays particular attention to legal issues facing energy, natural resources, and the socio-economic challenges confronting Canada's First Nation and Aboriginal communities.

"TRU's Faculty of Law is a bold expression of our commitment to becoming one of Canada's premier comprehensive, learner-centered, universities. Our graduates will be a new kind of lawyer - well rounded, critical, and socially conscious thinkers and doers prepared to lead in an ever-changing world" said Alan Shaver, President and Vice Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University.

The grand opening the new law faculty will take place today in the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Centre in the Brown Family House of Learning. Students, faculty, and staff will gather with the special guests for ribbon cutting ceremony.

About Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is committed to facilitating student access to university education that combines the career benefits of an applied approach with opportunities for community-oriented, relevant research at both the graduate and undergraduate level, with seamless transitions between programs.

With program offerings ranging from university preparation to graduate programs, TRU has become a leader in providing students with opportunities to combine the scholarship and research of a first-class university degree with the career benefits of applied studies.

Now the fourth largest university in the province, TRU was created in 2005 when the University College of the Cariboo joined with the British Columbia Open University.

SOURCE Thompson Rivers University

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