BC Lawyers Vote to Deny TWU Accreditation in Binding Referendum

October 31, 2014

The binding referendum results are in, and BC lawyers have overwhelmingly voted to deny accreditation to Trinity Western University’s proposed law school.

According to the Law Society of BC:

“The referendum was conducted by mail-in ballot, and required one-third of BC’s lawyers to participate and two-thirds to vote in favour in order to pass. The vote was 5,951 (74%) in favour and 2,088 (26%) against, out of 8,039 valid ballots. Thirteen thousand, five hundred thirty practising, non-practising and retired lawyers were entitled to vote.”

The results of this referendum will be discussed at today’s Benchers meeting. A CBC story says the Benchers are expected to ratify the decision.

Read more coverage below, and more on the background of this issue here:

  • Law Society of BC:  Referendum results – BC Lawyers say TWU should not be an approved school of law
  • TWU: Referendum results direct benchers to reverse its decision on TWU School of Law
  • Vancouver Sun: B.C. Law Society upholds member vote, won’t recognize TWU law school grads and  Ian Mulgrew: BC Lawyers vote down TWU law school
  • Canadian Lawyer Magazine: B.C lawyers say no to TWU law school: LSBC reverses its accreditation of controversial religious-based law school

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