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