The debate about the feasibility of starting a law school in this province continues to percolate. A committee has been travelling the province getting input before making a recommendation on whether to pursue the idea or drop it again like it was a couple of decades ago.
The committee plans to submit a report as soon as October.
The idea has recently gotten support from two important figures in this province connected with the justice system. Former premier and chief justice Clyde Wells and present Chief Justice Derek Green are both in favour of the idea.
If there is a decision to start a law school, it should not be located in St. John’s.
Any spinoff from the law school should go elsewhere in the province and the most logical place is at the Grenfell Campus of MUN in Corner Brook.
None of this nonsense about having to have the school near other expertise at the main campus should be entertained in the slightest by anyone in authority.
This will be a new school, which will be built from the ground up and it can be based outside the capital region just as well as inside, especially a region that needs it less than anywhere else in the province.
Grenfell has a dedicated staff, one that is used to building programs from nothing. It also has room to grow and a law school would not add to an already overgrown and crowded campus like the main operation in St. John’s.
No decision has yet been made to have a law school — but when and if it is — the first decision should be that it will be located at Grenfell.