Food for Thought: TWU and the Legal Profession

Our October 28 class focused on studies of the legal profession, with an emphasis on Kennedy’s (1998) classic essay on Legal Education as Training for Hierarchy and Christie’s (1977) influential work on Conflicts as Property. These works are part of the tip of a much larger iceberg of sociological and socio-legal scholarship on legal training, the legal profession, and access to justice.

Our class concluded with a lively discussion about the then-pending results of the BC Law Society’s referendum regarding Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. On Oct. 30, the results of the referendum were made public.

Food for Thought:

Write a three-part blog post, with each part being approximately 1/2 page in length.

  • Part 1 should provide a succinct and well-referenced overview of the Trinity Western Law School bid. It should state the facts of the case, identify the key parties involved (in terms of institutions), and introduce the controversy.
  • Part 2 should draw on one or more theories or texts we have encountered this semester to explain the controversy surrounding the TWU case. I think that Comack (2006) is a helpful starting point.
  • Part 3 should explain your position on the TWU case and / or provide your commentary on how the case has unfolded.

Your post should engage with relevant resources. Be sure to provide support for factual statements and assertions. Hyperlinks are encouraged, but a list of references cites should also appear at the end of your post.

Posts prepared in response to this Food for Thought question must be submitted before class on Nov. 18, 2014.


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