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  1. Advice regarding where to stay

    These condos are literally down the hill from campus. Not a great location for walking imo since the hill is so steep but that's cuz I hate exercise. Plenty of students walk from that area while others drive. I know at least one previous law student who lived in this building. A friend of mine actually bought there and lived there the full 3 years during law school. It seemed to be a decent building and she didn't have any real complaints to my recollection. The building itself was very nice inside and besides regular condo building noises, it seemed quiet.
  2. Here's the links to the TRU Law Awards and the General TRU Awards pages. Not all awards require specific applications. I believe, but am not certain, that all fall awards are distributed in October and winter awards are in February. The law awards and the university awards are at different ceremonies on different days though. I don't know about entrance scholarships in particular though I believe they are included in the fall awards. https://www.tru.ca/law/students/awards/law-awards.html https://banssbprod.tru.ca/banprod/bwyfagui.p_select_type
  3. There's something about having an anonymous stranger disagree with a statement I made regarding my own experience that really grates me. Perhaps you meant to say, "I've had a different experience"? In any event, imo there is a difference between a lawyer sharing their own experience and offering words of wisdom to uninformed or overly eager prospective law students who haven't yet done complete research on what being a lawyer could really be like, and telling that same prospective law student that they shouldn't pursue law because they're are not the right "type" of person. As if there's a finite description of the "right type". I gathered from OP that these conversations somehow involved a discussion on this given the content and title of the post, but I could be wrong. I'm not sure what makes any lawyer think that it's their responsibility to warn prospective students away from law. Help inform them, sure. Offer to mentor them, even better. But a bit of rose-coloured glasses (probably) never hurt anyone who was thinking about a career as a lawyer.
  4. Desk suggestions?

    This is the desk I bought and it was almost perfect. The top was big enough for both my laptop and tablet plus whatever text I was currently reading. Drawers were reasonable. Only thing I'd prefer would have been drawers on the left instead of the cubby with shelf. https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/50282144/#/60245721
  5. USask vs Dalhousie vs TRU

    It would take me too long right now to go through all the reasons I think you should seriously consider TRU, but please have a look through my content. I have posted extensively on this topic. As a side note, I know next to nothing about Sask or Dalhousie so my posts are not exactly a comparison, but I think they may be helpful to anyone considering TRU.
  6. I tend to agree with @NapoleonBonaparte in that there are general traits required for success in any field. I'd also add that a genuine interest in that field would be an asset. There's a reason why law school applicants/students/graduates come from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds, and that incoming classes are more diverse than ever. There's not just one type of person/student who is best suited for law. Also, given that there is such a variety of law jobs out there, all different types of people can succeed at all different types of law jobs. I'm not sure who OP knows that has been warned against law school or who is doing the warning, but I'd advise them to take it with a grain of salt. I was told by my ex that I didn't have the traits of a good lawyer and that law school was going to be just another wasted degree when I inevitably couldn't find work after graduation. That certainly didn't stop me from getting a law degree and articles and kicking ass at it. And the only lawyers I've met who discourage people from obtaining a law degree are those who are bitter about their own lives/jobs and are projecting that onto other people.
  7. Seems like my experience was similar to @Malicious Prosecutor. I found law school to be much easier than my science undergrad as the way of teaching and learning was much more conducive to my own personal abilities. My lowest grade in 1L was also a closed book exam. I have a B.Sc.F.S. (bachelor of science in forensic science) and my program included a lot of mandatory hard-core biology and chemistry courses. I struggled with closed-book exams and "bell ringers" where you had to know a lot of precise information at the drop of a hat. The idea that any professional would be required to have that much knowledge in their head at a moments notice seemed ridiculous to me. Even doctors sometimes have to leave the exam room to look up what the hell a patient has so it was frustrating to understand why I was being graded on my ability to correctly identify the lateral foraman of the calcaneus (or whatever) in 30 seconds or less! I knew that my real underlying interest during undergrad was the criminal law aspect. After my undergrad I worked in management and I found myself getting involved in discussions around employment law, privacy law, health law, etc. It seemed like the logical next step for me to start applying to law school. Like others have said, the problem-solving aspect of the law was a big draw. I wanted to help people find solutions.
  8. Stuff to Bring to Law School

    I definitely agree with this! I had an old laptop with a bigger screen that I used along side my surface pro 3 and it way soooo much easier than trying to flip between tab after tab when doing research/writing papers.
  9. Stuff to Bring to Law School

    This! Bringing my vehicle was key for me. Allowed me to widen my apartment search area since I didn't need to take public transit to school, and it allowed me to travel back and forth between BC and AB often. I was already used to the freedom of having my car and didn't want to sacrifice that for three years. Also, if you're from out of province, best to check to see if you can keep your home licence/registration and insurance in your new province. Not all provinces allow students to leave that stuff as is while they study.
  10. How best to prepare for 1L?

    I stand corrected. Law professors are free to choose how to evaluate their students and LAP did have a new professor this past year so obviously OP needs to take any information offered here with a grain of salt as it could all change from year to year.
  11. How best to prepare for 1L?

    This is a bit of a loaded question considering that virtually everyone "succeeds" in first year meaning they make it to 2L. If you're looking for advice from students who got A's in 1L, then it's best to just say so. That being said, I did not get A's in 1L. However, I can tell you that there are plenty of threads regarding advice for the summer before 1L and it almost invariably is to relax and enjoy yourself. Do things you may not have time for later like read for pleasure or travel or work to save money to reduce your overall debt load. Connect with other incoming 1Ls beforehand through the various meet-ups in major cities. Join the facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1328407917305473/ Practice exams or legal readings are not going to be very useful to a person who has no frame of reference for understanding the content/context or the expectations/requirements for various outcomes. 1L is taught on an assumption that no one knows anything. They will tell you what they want you to know and when and give you the tools to get there. For 1L, most classes will have one or two small assignments worth somewhere around 10% of your total grade. There are 5 full-year courses that will have midterms in December that are "help, not hurt" meaning if you score higher on the midterm than the final, then the midterm will be worth around 30% and the final around 60%. However, if you do better on the final as most students do, then the midterm won't count at all and your final exam counts for approximately 90% of your grade. For 1L at TRU, there is also 1 full-year course that is pass/fail and 2 half-year courses that are either 100% or 90ish% final/10ish% participation. Anyway, hope this helps!
  12. It's usually the class times/days that change between now and September, not the sections. Your section number probably won't change between now and September, but there's no guarantee. The schedule/section that you get when you show up for orientation week is basically the final version.
  13. Just finished 1L - can I defer 2L for a year?

    I will defer to you here I suppose regarding what this type of gap year would be called and to @BlockedQuebecois when it comes to reasons law schools allow them. As I said, I don't have personal experience with this situation and my post was based on anecdotal "evidence". And I certainly DO assume that employers likely wonder and/or inquire about gaps in the resume. However, I do not agree that there's nothing wrong with that. A line of questions about a gap that realistically has no bearing on a person's ability to do the job, in my mind and experience, has more to do with trying to find out information about a potential candidate that they're otherwise not allowed to ask about. Information like does the candidate have children (i.e. the gap was for maternity leave) or do they have mental health issues or physical health issues, etc. The assumption I would make is that OP or anyone in their situation would eventually return to and finish law school and that their grades and/or previous experiences on their cv were enough to get them the interview in the first place. So where is the justification to ask about gaps at that point in time? If the OP needs a gap year for personal reasons, why do those reasons suddenly become public in an interview setting? Maybe I'm making too much of this as I've been a little worked up lately due to some insane displays of sexism and discrimination based on disability that I have seen recently. I certainly respect @BlockedQuebecois and @erinl2 for their perspectives and experience on this topic that I may not have.
  14. Just finished 1L - can I defer 2L for a year?

    Are employers really asking students why they deferred? Isn't there some ethical rule preventing this? This is just my own musings since I have no personal experience with deferrals, but don't most law schools require very compelling reasons for deferral? and shouldn't employers make the assumption that if a student had something going on that was so compelling to have qualified them for a deferral that maybe the circumstances of of such a nature that they ought not ask about it? Anecdotally, I only know of law students getting deferrals for deeply personal reasons such as having a baby, having a family crisis that requires them to return home, or having mental health issues that need to be addressed. All things that employers cannot ask about. I mean, in theory an employer can make whatever negative inferences they want about a deferral without ever asking the student, but except for messing with recruiting periods, a deferral should have no bearing on employment, no? That all said, a student might be compelled to explain a deferral during and interview even if not asked about it, just like a student might discuss their marital/family status with an employer if they choose to. I would just hope that employers are a little more sensitive to the issue of deferrals and weren't making negative inferences just like I'd hope that they weren't calculating in their head how old I am during an interview to decide if it's likely that I might take mat leave soon. Maybe I'm too idealistic.
  15. I would hold off on ordering textbooks for now if I were you. The upper years generally sell their texts to 1Ls during orientation week or the first full week of classes once they're all back on campus which is generally much cheaper than buying at the bookstore, even if you get used books. Also, the profs will all confirm during o-week the texts they want to use. Best place to find texts for sale just before classes start is the TRU Law Black Market Facebook page, which can be found here. You do need to join the TRU Faculty of Law - Class of 2021 FB page before you can join the black market page though.