LANGLEY, BC, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Trinity Western University is pleased
to announce that the Federation of Law Societies of Canada has approved
its proposal for a School of Law.
"We are very pleased with this news," said TWU President Bob Kuhn, also
a lawyer. "The School of Law at TWU will provide increased access to
legal education in Canada without placing a greater demand on public
funds. TWU will develop legal professionals who respond to 21st century
needs—professionals deeply rooted in an understanding of the law and
equipped to be the highly skilled and compassionate practitioners of
"We recognize," said President Kuhn, "that there has been considerable
debate with respect to the fact that TWU is a faith based university.
Now that the Federation has approved the program, we can move on from
that debate and build an excellent law school to serve the Canadian
public." President Kuhn noted that "while the University does have
strong religious roots it is committed to fully and comprehensively
teaching all aspects of law including human rights, ethics and
While offering a range of law courses comparable to other Canadian law
schools, the TWU School of Law will offer unique courses in two
distinctive areas of specialization: charities/not-for-profit law and
entrepreneurial law. A specialty in the non-profit sector will address
a niche market in legal education. TWU graduates are challenged to care
about the well-being of others and committed to understanding how to
address the world's deepest needs. The law school will establish
strategic partnerships with agencies that serve the under-assisted and
the oppressed, giving each student hands-on opportunities to provide
services to those who suffer injustice because they cannot access the
In addition to the non-profit specialization, an entrepreneurial track
will equip graduates to serve the many growing entrepreneurial
enterprises throughout Canada.
While TWU's approach to the education of law will be practical, it will
be well grounded in the standard academic legal principles. Typically,
law firms have to invest significant resources in order to transform
newly minted law graduates into practicing lawyers. The School of Law
at TWU will aspire to produce law graduates ready to enter the
marketplace as practicing professionals.
The School of Law will prepare graduates ready to excel in the practice
of law. By delivering a legal education within a framework of servant
leadership, the TWU Law program will encourage its graduates to be
lawyers with a focus on community service. The School will incorporate
leadership and character development into all aspects of its
programming. Students will be encouraged to see the profession of law
as a high calling of service, including volunteerism with local,
national and global NGO's that serve under-developed nations, and the
vulnerable whenever they are found.
"A School of Law at TWU will help meet the growing need for practical
and affordable legal services in Canada," said Earl Phillips, Vancouver
lawyer and Co-Chair of the Law School Advisory Council. "I also am
confident that its graduates will benefit from a culture of ethics,
professionalism and service informed by the ideals of the Christian
As Eugene Meehan, Q.C. of Supreme Advocacy LLP in Ottawa says:
"Mandela's recent passing taught us the historic value of freedom—this
future Law School encompasses and encourages freedom of enquiry,
freedom of discussion, freedom of religion, while being open to all—to
speak plainly ... that's big."
TWU recognizes with appreciation Janet Epp Buckingham, LL.D., and Kevin
Sawatsky, J.D., who have led the research and development of the TWU
School of Law proposal over the past five years. They will continue to
lead the development of the School in preparation for opening its doors
in 2016 to 60 first year students. TWU would also like to acknowledge
having received significant assistance from the Law School Advisory
Council and the many other lawyers, judges and professors who supported
the School of Law proposal.
The BC Ministry of Advanced Education has not communicated its decision
on the TWU proposal submitted in June, 2012.
Trinity Western University is a Christian University of the arts,
sciences, and professions. Recognized for its high quality, TWU is
consistently ranked among the top universities in Canada for
Educational Experience by the National Survey of Student Engagement;
holds four Canada Research Chairs; wins National Championships in CIS
sports; and emphasizes experiential learning to prepare graduates to
make a global impact. TWU offers 42 bachelor's degrees, 16 graduate
degrees, and adult degree-completion programs. A vibrant community
committed to educating the whole person, TWU has been developing
leaders of character and competence for 50 years.
SOURCE: Trinity Western University
For further information:
To inquire about enrolment or development of the TWU School of Law please contact:
Janet Epp Buckingham, LL.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre
Kevin Sawatsky J.D.
Vice Provost and University Legal Counsel
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