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  1. Accepted to TRU 2018

    I know it's easier said than done, but I would really encourage all applicants to be patient, especially this time of year. The admin staff and ad comm are generally also dealing with exams, grades, letters of completion, etc. at this time of year. TRU does not have a huge staff to deal with all this so the more you badger them with "demands" for information, the longer it takes for them to get all this done including letting all applicants know their decision/status. Everyone's applications will be reviewed and everyone will be contacted with a decision one way or another. Would you rather they had someone doing nothing but answering phone calls with generic non-information or would you rather all the staff be working on actually getting through the applications? I can definitely sympathize with the plight of students waiting for any sort of answer to their applications. In my own cycle, I didn't hear anything from 3 schools until the end of May and in one case, I didn't hear from a school until mid June. It's excruciating to say the least. However, I can vouch for the staff at TRU and I know they are doing everything they can to deal with applications as efficiently as possible given the circumstances. Anyway, just my own opinion on the matter. Good luck to everyone waiting to hear and congrats to everyone who has been accepted!
  2. Housing 1L

    I'd definitely suggest posting this on the Facebook group for the class of 2021. There's about a dozen or so upper years that may have recommendations. Also a good place to find roommates. Just search TRU Faculty of Law - Class of 2021 and ask to join. Once you're on that page, you can then request to join the tru law black market page where apartments are often listed by current and outgoing students who would know if pets are allowed.
  3. Accepted to TRU 2018

    Congrats on your acceptance! I figured I'd throw out a bit of unsolicited advice here though. If you want to practice law in Canada you should go to school in Canada. If you go to a US school with the intention of working in Canada you have to go through the onerous NCA process to do so. US schools also usually involve higher costs for tuition and living expenses. The quality of education is virtually identical across the board at common law schools in Canada so really it doesn't matter if you choose TRU or get accepted and go to another Canadian law school. For what it's worth, TRU has, until just recently I believe, had a contract with UofC to use their law curriculum and placement rates at TRU are on par with UBC. Anyway, good luck with the rest of your applications and the decisions ahead!! PS if you couldn't already tell, I'm a TRU alum and have a lot of pride in my alma mater
  4. Accepted to TRU 2018

    Looks like the new Facebook page is up. Feel free to join. Ashley Brown is the current 1L rep and there are usually several other current students there to answer questions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1328407917305473/
  5. Accepted to TRU 2018

    There's always a Facebook group created usually around this time. Try searching TRU Faculty of Law - Class of 2021 If it's not there, just keep checking. Usually it gets posted on here as soon as it's up and running though.
  6. Housing 1L

    A lot of law students live in the new res building. Also, the landmark condos across from campus are popular with law students. They just added one more building to this condo complex so there will likely be plenty of rentals there.
  7. L90 GPA Calculation - Repeats?

    This is something you're only going to get an answer to by contacting the school directly.
  8. Your stats are not out of line with some students who have been accepted in the past. TRU is probably the only really holistic law school in that they take people with a variety of backgrounds and stats so unfortunately that makes it quite difficult to predict chances. They could accept plenty of students with your stats, but they may also have excellent LORs, a killer personal statement, and tons of ECs. I would recommend taking a look through old accepted threads to see how you measure up.
  9. I think they just want to know when you requested the letter. So if you spoke to your referee and requested the letter on Oct. 20, 2017 then you put that date. I don't think they're asking for the date you requested that the referee have it in to TRU by. That would just be the deadline. Not really sure why it's relevant, but if they're asking, there must be a reason.
  10. Confused..help!

    Don't forget to join the class of 2020 facebook group if you haven't already. There is an orientation week schedule posted there if you didn't already get one via email. You'll definitely want to participate in all the events! Welcome to TRU! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1876014446008409/
  11. Any event not marked with an asterisk (*) is technically mandatory (as per the scheduled just posted on the TRU Faculty of Law - Class of 2020 facebook group which should have been emailed to you also). However, they are not necessarily taking attendance throughout and there's no penalty for missing a "mandatory" event. If you're concerned about missing any information during the week, best thing would probably be to msg Brittney Sarah on Facebook as she is the student orientation coordinator. She should be able to make sure you have any missing info. She can also let your small group leader know about your absences so that no one will be looking for you aimlessly during group activities. As a side note, I would definitely encourage students to attend as many orientation events as possible. A lot of great information is shared during the week but more importantly, you'll get to know your fellow students in a more relaxed atmosphere before the real work begins
  12. There is a lot of contention regarding what women's business formal entails so unfortunately you're never really going to get a clear answer. The usual answer though is, wear a suit (meaning matchy matching bottoms to your blazer/jacket) -- either a pant suit or skirt suit . However, a business style dress with a blazer is also acceptable though a suit is generally recommended for job interviews. Nylons are also said to be more formal, so the recommendation is that you wear them for interviews too. However, if you're wondering about day to day work or events like the first day of orientation week, don't bother with the nylons unless they make you more comfortable. There are some things to avoid when it comes to business formal for women. Shoes with heels that are uncomfortably high, skirts that are too short, tops that are too low cut, etc. Fit is also a big thing. Don't wear an outfit that is clearly too big or too small as it doesn't look good and usually makes you uncomfortable. You will get more guidance once you're at school. They usually do a session with the 1Ls about how to dress in certain situations and there's generally an attempt at a visual guide. Anyway, hope this helps and doesn't just confuse you further. PS Welcome to TRU and make sure you join the facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1876014446008409/
  13. Confused..help!

    Also keep in mind the benefits of entering law school this fall as opposed to taking your chances in 2 years when it's possible you may not even be accepted. You'll be working as a lawyer at least 2 years earlier as well. And imho you probably aren't going to become a better legal researcher or writer until you start law school. The expectations and rules are so much different than other fields, even those related to law, and not that a masters wouldn't be a valuable experience, but it's not necessarily going to give you any advantage for law school. If you want to know what law school will be like, read through as many as the threads on this forum as possible. Though to be fair, there's really nothing that will fully prepare you before you arrive and actually start. If you're curious about TRU in general, have a look through my own past posts. I am a huge advocate for TRU if you couldn't already tell It's definitely a big decision especially coming from another province, but know that there will always be support for you from faculty and fellow students. If you're concerned about finding accommodations, join the TRU Law - Class of 2020 group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1876014446008409/ There are still students looking for roommates and apartments so you're not alone there. Also, when it comes to tuition, the deadline is more what you'd call a guideline. The school knows it takes time to get loans and lines of credit in place. They usually don't start to hassle you about paying until mid-late September and even then, there's no late fees or penalties as long as you pay by semester end. Anyway, hope this helps! PS - please don't feel like TRU is just trying to fill seats at this point. the ad comm are very careful about who they accept despite what some people may say. the late acceptance could be for any number of reasons. if they've accepted you, it's because they believe there is something about your application that has value and that you will be successful. it's not because they don't have anyone else to take the spot.
  14. Kamloops to Vancouver

    While I can't attest to the conditions year round on the Coq as I've only done the trip once myself in October, there are plenty of students who travel between Van and Kamloops on most weekends. Classes for 1Ls are generally scheduled Monday to Friday so except for holidays, or if a prof cancels class, you won't get long weekends. As far as how much it will effect your schooling, well that depends on you. If you're able to budget your time wisely then going out of town on weekends shouldn't have much, if any, negative effects. I don't believe that any 1L classes have mandatory attendance per se, but there may be participation grades and in some classes you may be assigned "on-call" days where you and one or two other students are expected to heavily participate in class discussions and to even drive the conversation. So obviously you won't want to skip those classes where you're on-call. I am not aware of any profs who record their lectures and post them for students unless there is extenuating circumstances. Some will post lecture slides before class, but with missing information or answers so that you can fill it in during class. Others will only post lectures slides after class to deter students from skipping. And some don't use slides at all. It really depends on the preference of the prof. That being said, if you need to miss a class for whatever reason, you should be able to get notes from a classmate. It's never really been an issue with TRU law students to help out their classmates with this kind of stuff. Most students just play things by ear when it comes to their free time. First year involves a lot of meeting new people and friends, organized activities, and a steep learning curve for most. Depending on your personal study habits and requirements you may or may not have a lot of free time to spend in Van. Hope this helps!
  15. When to pay tuition?

    Sandee is going to register all of the 1Ls so you don't need to worry about doing it yourself. Once you're registered, the amount owing will show up on myTru and you will be able to apply for scholarships/bursaries. The deadline for these applications is some time in September so you've still got lots of time. Also, there will be a technical deadline for paying tuition, but given that most law students are waiting on loans, there is no penalty for waiting for your loans to pay for tuition. You can always let Sandee know you're waiting on your money if you're worried though. You should be receiving a package in the mail shortly with your tentative schedule and a bit more information on tuition, orientation schedules, important dates, etc. However, some of this information is already available online. https://www.tru.ca/__shared/assets/Law_Important_Dates26362.pdf http://www.tru.ca/law/students/registration.html The 1L class is split into 2 sections and you won't know which one you're in until you get your personal schedule with your package, but the timetable will give you a rough idea of when your classes may be. Hope this helps and see you in September! PS, if you haven't joined the facebook group you should! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1876014446008409/?ref=bookmarks
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