Law society in New Brunswick to review Christian law school

Trinity Western University has been under fire for requiring students and staff to sign a covenant barring same-sex relationships

FREDERICTON – The Law Society of New Brunswick is expected to hold a second vote today on whether it will allow graduates of a proposed law school in British Columbia to practise in the province.

Last June, the council voted 14-5 in favour of accrediting the program at Trinity Western University in Langley.

But members of the law society later voted 137-30 asking the council to reverse its decision.

The Christian university requires all students and staff to sign a covenant barring same-sex relationships, an agreement that has stoked controversy throughout the country.

The school is challenging a Law Society of British Columbia decision not to accredit graduates, and a similar judicial review is underway in Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society decided not to allow graduates of the proposed school to enrol in the bar admission program unless the university drops the sexual requirement.

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