Langley university loses provincial consent for law school

TWU no longer has consent to offer a law degree program, but the president of the Langley university has indicated he may not go down without a fight.

Amrik Virk, Advanced Education Minister for B.C., today revoked the consent he had previously given for Trinity Western University to offer the program.

Virk consented to a law degree being offered at the Langley university in December 2013 after his ministry conducted an extensive review of the program.

But law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia indicated they would not accept lawyers graduating from the TWU program.

And after the Law Society of BC reversed its initial approval of the program on Oct. 31 – a membership revolt forced the society’s benchers to reconsider – Virk indicated that he would reconsider his approval.

Today, Virk decided against TWU.

"Based on the current situation," Virk announced, "I have decided to revoke my approval of the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. This means the university cannot enroll any students in its proposed program."

"The current uncertainty over the status of the regulatory body approval means prospective graduates may not be able to be called to the bar or practise law in British Columbia," he explained. "This is a significant change to the

context in which I made my original decision."

TWU President Bob Kuhn said the university is disappointed with Virk’s decision.

“It is difficult to conceive of a justifiable basis for the Minister to have revoked his approval of the school of law program," he said. "As a private Christian University, Trinity Western has demonstrated its place in Canada’s academic community, delivering some of Canada’s highest ranked professional programs. We believe in diversity and the rights of all Canadians to their beliefs and values."

Khun said TWU remains commited to having a law school, adding that the university will "now have to carefully consider all our options.”

Although it is not TWU’s wish to engage in another legal battle, Kuhn said, “There are such important rights and freedoms at stake that we may have no choice but to seek protection of them in court.”

Virk himself left a door open for TWU, saying, "Once the legal issues are resolved, TWU will have the option to renew

its request for consent."

Trinity Western University is a private Christian university with its campus near Fort Langley. It started as a junior college 52 years ago and has built itself up to university status, offering 42 bachelor’s degrees, 17 graduate degrees, and adult degree-completion programs.

Just Posted

Public invited to Alzheimer walk in Langley

A Langley seniors complex and a North Langley business group have teamed… Continue reading

OPP looking for suspect after Best Buy credit-card fraud in Surrey

Ontario Provincial Police believe suspect has links to Surrey and Langley

Aldergrove shoppers watch Safeway shelves ‘go empty’ before store closes

Store closes Saturday, locals express concern over FreshCo’s product quality

Eight alleged dealers face charges for Surrey-Langley drug ring

Police say the group is linked to the ongoing gang conflicts in Metro Vancouver

Langley’s Grand Prix Gala is right mix of horse, hors d’oeuvres and hats

Annual gala at an equestrian competition raises funds for the Langley School District Foundation.

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Fraser Valley man dead after car hurtles from embankment west of Campbell River

Survivor of crash rushed to hospital by helicopter in serious condition

B.C. premier hints at twin-tunnel plan for Metro Vancouver’s Massey Tunnel

John Horgan cancelled plans for a 10-lane bridge to replace the 60-year-old tunnel shortly after taking office

Police investigate ‘serious collision’ between motorcycle, truck in Vancouver

Motorists asked to stay away from Blanca Street & West 4 Avenue

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Metro Vancouver mayors ask public to lobby feds for annual $375M transit fund

Mayors renewing their call for transit funding as federal election looms

Most Read