Memorial University’s senate has approved a proposal for a faculty of law, moving Atlantic Canada’s largest university a step closer to establishing a law school in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The law school could provide an influx of lawyers into areas of the province that currently rotate lawyers from town to town as infrequently as twice per month, the university said in an August 2018 proposal, which assumes no provincial funding will be provided.
“It is time for the legal profession and the judiciary to cease to be, from a foundational education point of view, principally a satellite of the law schools in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,” the proposal said, citing support letters it received from the community. “The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador desperately needs more lawyers. You only have to look to rural Newfoundland and Labrador to see the appalling absence of lawyers.”