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Law society council votes on accrediting Trinity Western

01/09/2015 08:13 EST | Updated 03/11/2015 05:59 EDT
The council of the Law Society of New Brunswick will vote today on whether to accredit the law program at the Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

The council meeting started at 10 a.m. AT.

The focus of the meeting will be whether the law society will accredit lawyers who graduate from the Trinity Western law school, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

The controversy surrounds the Christian university’s requirement that all students and staff sign a covenant that prohibits same-sex relationships.

In June, the law society’s council voted to accredit the program.

However, in September, members of the Law Society of New Brunswick passed a resolution directing the council not to accredit the university.

Lawyers in New Brunswick aren’t the only ones having a difficult time deciding how to treat future Trinity Western graduates.

The Law Society of B.C. also revisited its decision to accredit the Trinity program and it then reversed its decision.  Trinity plans to file litigation against the B.C. law society.

To date, bar associations in Alberta and Saskatchewan have approved accreditation — although Saskatchewan has put its decision on hold, as has Manitoba.

Law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia voted against accreditation, which caused the school to challenge those decisions in the courts in both provinces.

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