The Law Society of Upper Canada Must Not Accredit Trinity Western University's Law School

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Angela Cameron

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Angela Chaisson

University of Ottawa

Jena McGill

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: March 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we argue that the decisions by LSUC and NSBS not to accredit TWU law degrees are correct in law, and will withstand any legal challenge by TWU. We focus here on the LSUC decision in the Ontario context, but many of the arguments advanced below may be extended to the Nova Scotia case, where the NSBS operates pursuant to a similar statutory regime. We take no position on TWU’s law school proposal except in relation to the Covenant; the integrity of faith-based institutions generally is not examined here. Instead, we demonstrate that the relevant legal principles governing LSUC’s decision on whether to accredit TWU’s proposed law school required LSUC to reject the TWU proposal in its current form – that is, with the mandatory Covenant intact.

Keywords: lesbian and gay rights, accreditation, law school

Suggested Citation

Cameron, Angela and Chaisson, Angela and McGill, Jena, The Law Society of Upper Canada Must Not Accredit Trinity Western University's Law School (March 2015). Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2015-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2513417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2513417

Angela Cameron (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Angela Chaisson

University of Ottawa

2292 Edwin Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 1H7
Canada

Jena McGill

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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