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Langley university looks to add law school to campus

Janet Epp Buckingham, associate professor of political studies and history at Trinity Western University, has been involved in the development of the law school proposal. - submitted photo
Janet Epp Buckingham, associate professor of political studies and history at Trinity Western University, has been involved in the development of the law school proposal.
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Trinity Western University wants to add a School of Law to its Langley campus.

Plans are in the works to construct a new signature building to house the School of Law if required approvals are obtained from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

TWU anticipates approvals to take approximately six to 12 months and, if approved, the university hopes to welcome its first class of students in September 2015.

The university proposes a class size of 60 in each year of a three-year program, ensuring small classes in keeping with the university’s student focus.

If approved, the School of Law will be TWU’s sixth school, adding to the current Schools of Business, Nursing, Education, Human Kinetics and Arts, Media and Culture.

In addition to all traditional areas of law, students will have the opportunity to specialize in “Charities and Social Justice” or “Entrepreneurial” law, with the possibility of exploring legal approaches to social enterprise and social innovation.

The program will be intellectually rigorous and have a practical curriculum with a strong skills focus.

Students will have required practical experiences, giving them hands-on experiences with law firms, NGOs and government offices.

TWU established a strong advisory council, comprised of lawyers and judges, to assist with the development of the proposal. It has consulted broadly with the legal community, including lawyers, judges, academics and professional organizations.

Establishing a law school has been on the strategic plan for the university for many years and fits well with the university’s mission to develop godly leaders for the marketplaces of life, stated a press release from TWU.

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