Trinity Western University Law: The Boundary and Ethos of the Legal Community

Blair A. Major


The article examines the conflict between the legal community and Trinity Western University (TWU) over TWU’s proposed law school. The first half of the article is concerned with how this conflict shapes the boundary of the legal community. The second half shows how understanding the ethos of the legal community in terms of virtue, rather than abstract values such as equality, permits at least having regard for the religious ideas of TWU when framing the nature of the legal profession. TWU, the article suggests, challenges traditional views of legal education and the legal profession, and requires reconsideration of how communities define themselves.

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