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  1. There are usually a few courses that are in higher demand than others. Basic tax, advanced advocacy, wills & estates, etc. They always give 3Ls priority for registration so there will be classes that only a few 2Ls will get into, but then those 2Ls will obviously will get first dibs the following year. It's hard to recommend classes ahead of time especially since everyone has different interests and also the options can change each year (including which semester they're offered). Students may also make choices for 3L courses based on recommendations from employers if they're lucky enough to have secured articles early so you may end up in a course you would have never chosen for yourself. Honestly, there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing courses and there will be plenty of time to think it through. For myself, I literally chose based on my determination to only have classes Monday-Wednesday. To each their own
  2. TRU has been known for its collegiality despite the different dynamics between students in each incoming class. Students are generally competitive and strive to do their best, but the difference is that they don't do it to the detriment of their peers. You hear rumors of law students at other schools struggling to get notes from a missed class because no one wants to share or where students give out incorrect information to people who've missed classes. That's not something you're going to come across at TRU, unless there's a sudden and striking change in the student population. Missing class isn't such a stress because you'll always be able to get them from someone. Also, all 1Ls will be assigned an upper year mentor and they've always been volunteers who are more than happy to help out with notes, CANs, advice, etc. I can't speak for everyone's experience at TRU, but I think it's a great place to be.
  3. I did not, but I did a semester abroad a while back. I spent 2 years in Edmonton though before I started my undergraduate degree and there's plenty there to recommend the city (as you can see from my post) if UofA is a option for you once applications/acceptances roll out for next year. Still easier to get a job in any province as a Canadian law school grad than a UK one as far as I understand. And if you're looking to get a European experience, there are opportunities to do a semester abroad once you're in law school.
  4. For those of you who are resisting Facebook, here is a list of the summer socials taking place later this month. Sorry if your town/city is not listed. These are student-run and usually take place in larger centres. However, don't fret as there will be tons of orientation events in September for you all to meet each other and plenty of upper years! TRU Law Student Summer Socials Meet up with TRU Law Students in your city! These events are for all TRU Law students. These casual events are student organized, thank you to these dedicated students and the TRU SLS (Society of Law Students)! Calgary Thursday, July 20, 2017 6:00 pm Hudsons (Downtown) – 1201 5 St SW Hosted by Johnny Faul Vancouver Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 pm Mahoney and Sons Burrard Landing – Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, 1055 Canada Place #36 Hosted by Humza Sayed and Laura Jochimski Edmonton Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:30 pm Black Dog Freehouse - 10425 82 Ave Hosted by Erik Holmstrom Kamloops Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:00 pm Red Collar Brewing – 355 Lansdowne St Hosted by Emily Smeaton Victoria Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:00 pm CANOE Brewpub – 450 Swift St Hosted by Brittany Buna Toronto Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:00 pm Union Social – 21 St. Clair Ave W Hosted by Liz Cunningham
  5. Here's just a few West Edmonton Mall including the water park and galaxy land The Legislature building Fort Edmonton Park Telus World of Science Royal Alberta Museum The beautiful river valley walking trails Whyte Ave Summer Folk Fest Reynolds Museum Sylvan Lake Jasper
  6. Mandatory 2L courses include Admin, Ethics, Evidence, and Civ Pro. They schedule all 2Ls in these courses automatically. Other mandatory courses include Business Associations, Advanced Legal Research, and at least one international law course, but these can be done at any time in either 2L or 3L. However, if you want to participate in the Community Legal Clinic course then you have to take Community Lawyering first. Also, if you want to do an independent directed research course, you need to have taken Advanced Research. You are also required to write at least one paper with a minimum 7,500 words. Optional upper year courses change from year to year depending on available sessional professors and the preferences of tenured professors. This is not an updated list, but it give an idea of what classes are usually available. http://www.tru.ca/law/students/courses.html TRU upper year students also participate in several competitive moots that count as course credit including the Jessop international law moot, the Wilson con law moot, the BC Appeals moot, and the McIntyre criminal trial moot. Students who are interested these moots need to apply and participate in "try-outs." Also every year they hold a course fair where they have quick presentations from either professors or students who talk about each of the upper year courses so that 1Ls have an idea of what they want to take in 2L. Anyway, hope this helps and welcome to TRU!
  7. Don't forget, anyone who has been accepted and is planning to attend should join the TRU Law - Class of 2020 Facebook page. This is another place where you can connect with other incoming 1Ls and get advice from upper years. This is also the easiest way to access information on future events including some meet-ups happening in larger cities this summer! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1876014446008409/
  8. I left a job making similar money with similar income potential as you (not in social work mind you) and I do not regret for a second leaving the security to go to law school and take on more debt. That being said, I was not passionate about the work I was doing before law school and knew that becoming a lawyer is what I am passionate about. It sounds like you're currently doing what you're passionate about and I would caution anyone who would be leaving a job doing what they want in order to pursue a career that may result in them doing what they want, but could just as easily not. Working with AB Crown is not an easy gig to get. They only took on 12 articling students for 2018 and they only offer the positions in Calgary and Edmonton. So even a willingness to go rural is not necessarily going to move them in their decisions. Your desire to be more rural may come in handy once you're a few years out from law school if you didn't land a gov't position right out of the gate. However, most northern AB employers are cautious when looking at applicants who are not from the area. So if you're from southern AB (not 100% clear from you post), you may be competing with other lawyers or law students who are from these northern, rural areas and who are much less of a concern when it comes to long-term career planning. I'm not saying it's not possible, it just might be more of an uphill climb for you to get rural experience before landing a contract with the government. It might not be a bad idea to contact some lawyers working in positions you are interested in and in the rural/northern areas you're hoping to work in. They can give you a better idea of how they got to their positions and how long it took them. They would also have more info on what kind of hiring potential there may be in the future. There's few things more embarrassing than going into a job interview and when they ask you what you're interested in, you mention a field of law they don't practice, or a practice area that has only 1 or 2 lawyers. I would do as much research as possible into the actual career potential and think a lot about what you're willing to put up with to get there. Some (or extremely few) are lucky and get their dream positions right away, while others looking for more niche work may spend 10 years getting there. Anyway, I hope this helps at least a bit. Good luck with your decision!
  9. Honestly I think you're the only one who can answer this. I'd recommend doing a cost benefit analysis though. Where are you from and where do you want to work after law school? Plenty of TRU grads get work in Vancouver, but UBC has a leg up on networking and logistics simply due to geography. What about your living situation? Is it going to cost more to live in Kamloops or Van based on your personal circumstances? Also, would the amount of money saved in tuition be worth it if you have to spend another year (or more) working where you currently are while you reapply? (i.e. will the amount of money you make in articles and possible as an associate by entering law school in 2017 be more or less than you'd lose by paying higher TRU tuition?). There is also no guarantee the index score cutoff will remain the same in future admission cycles. For example, my first year applying to UofM, I was only like 0.02 away from the cutoff. However, the 2nd year I applied (2 years later), the index score cutoff had gone up something like 6 full points! You should also remember that not everyone who has more time to study will do better on the LSAT. Myself for instance, had 3x the time to study the second time around without any of the major distractions I had the first time, yet I actually scored 2 pts lower. There are no guarantees on what you might be able to score on subsequent attempts. I would never bank on admission in a future cycle if it were me. There is a possibility of transfer after 1L, but again there are no guarantees even if you kick ass on all your exams. There are plenty of reasons to choose one school over another if you have firm acceptances at both (which you could possibly get later this summer). However, as someone who did not consider TRU a top choice when applying, I can tell you, I am extremely happy I decided to attend rather than turn down my acceptance on the hopes of getting in somewhere else in the future. You can see from my previous posts how much I am an advocate for TRU so please feel free to explore my past content if you're looking for more of the pros. Hope this helps and good luck with your decision!
  10. These should answer your questions...
  11. It really depends on each student's individual circumstances. Most rental companies require 12 month leases though. Some students with 12 month leases get lucky and find good sub-letters for the summer months. BC Wildfire always has seasonal staff come to town and there will also be some PLTC students looking for a place for 10 weeks. I do know some students who negotiated 8 month leases but that was more commonly done with private landlords renting basements or condos. Some students have been able to negotiate reduced rent over the summer months to hold their spots. It really depends on the landlord. You also need to consider the expense of moving your stuff twice a year if you don't pay to hold your place over the summer. Do you really want to rent a truck in September and April for three years? It may not seem like much, but it can add up quickly. If you're set on not staying in Kamloops for the summers, then living in the dorms might be a good option. Actually quite a few law students live there and have chosen to stay over the three years. The new dorms are quite nice and they're secure and close to where all your classes are. You can put in requests to live on floors with other law students or post-grad student though there is no guarantee. Just an fyi also, the transit system in Kamloops has greatly improved in recent years so lots of students live further from campus than you might think to look and they take the bus to school since the passes are included in your student fees. Lots of students renting basements and apartments in Aberdeen, Sahali, Dufferin, North Shore, etc. You're very right that the cost is up there. Gym fees at the city-run Tournament Capital Centre on campus are currently $28/month for students, and there's no contract so if you feel like working out one month and not the next, that's cool. The pool is free for student though! Hope this helps! P.S. sending you a pm re: Kelson Group
  12. You're pretty spot on regarding tuition. I believe TRU is the 3rd most expensive law school in Canada atm though I could be wrong on that. Part of the deal for opening TRU was that they would not receive government tuition subsidies so that is the major reason for the cost of tuition. As far as books go, most upper year students will sell their 1L books as complete sets once the new semester has started so we always recommend holding off on buying books until after you arrive for orientation. Buying all new texts from the bookstore can be close to $1,200 while buying a set from a 2L can be anywhere from $300 to $600 depending on quality of the texts and if they're selling them all or just most. When it comes to rent, Kamloops has a huge range of options available to students. I know some who live in houses with roommates or alone in basement apartments and pay from $400 to $700 per month. There are also some who live alone in condos and pay $1,000 to $1,300, AND some people opt to buy knowing they can rent out their place to other law students once they graduate. Basically, the idea is, there are lots of options available for most budgets. Kamloops is also very small geographically so even if you get a place a little further out, odds are you're no more than a 20 minute drive from campus (if you have a car). Food expenses shouldn't really change from wherever you are now, so your budget for that should remain the same. Factor in some travel expenses if you're not from here for things like Christmas and other major holidays if you're so inclined and you should have a pretty good idea of what you're going to spend in an academic year. Don't forget to check out the class of 2020 Facebook page. It will be the best place for connecting with classmates before and during the school year. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1876014446008409/ Hope this helps!
  13. If you're interested in pursuing Indigenous law and staying in Western Canada, I'd recommend applying to TRU also. They have an Aboriginal student category for application and admissions are actually quite holistic. The Faculty also has a good relationship with the local Tk’emlups te Secwepemc band and they have been doing a lot to integrate the TRC Calls to Action. At least a couple of the first year courses really integrate Indigenous Law into the curriculum. Plus they offer Aboriginal Law to upper year students and the chance to apply for the Kawaskhimon Aboriginal Law Moot team. Anyway, good luck with your applications and your LSAT prep! Never give up!
  14. Last year's class was 115 or 118, I can't remember, and the year before was 123. Rumour was that the bigger class was due to less people turning down spots than usual but I don't think that is true given that a handful of people were accepted from the waitlist right before classes started. Admin says the current goal is approximately 110-115, but the future plan for maybe 5-10 year's down the road is to increase to 150. Right now there isn't the infrastructure or support for that many students.
  15. You're right, the articling rate for the class of 2016 is at 94%, and last they were reported, the 2015 class was at 100% and 2014 class was at 96%. Stats are published 9 months after graduation so these numbers do change. Statistics aren't generated for 1L or 2L jobs though.