Hey all, could you speak to the articling experience at TRU? I've generally heard positive things, but more info/opinions would be appreciated.
The stats aren't in yet for the class of 2016. However, out of the approximately 96% of grads who replied to the class of 2014 and 2015 surveys, these classes were at 96% and 100% respectively for article placement (of those students who were actually looking for them). I'm not sure where the rumors are coming from regarding issues for placement of TRU law grads. In my personal opinion (as a 2L without articles), this type of info usually comes from those few who had some "difficultly" and it gets blown out of proportion. It's fairly common knowledge that only about half of articles even come from advertised positions and the rest come from the personal connections and so-called "leg work." I'm not sure why people think that just because someone had to put some (or even a lot of) effort into securing a position that it means there's some sort of issue with the students graduating from a particular program.
It's also not a secret that Kamloops itself is not large enough to hire all the graduates so when local lawyers are quoted saying "There's too many grads." well of course there is! TRU never intended for all the grads to remain here. And take the personal stories of one or two grads with a grain of salt. If you're set on articling in Vancouver or Calgary, sure it can be tough to compete with UBC and UofC grads. But keep in mind that there are plenty of smaller cities and towns that are desperate for new lawyers all across BC and AB. So if you're considering TRU Law then think about where it is you want to practice when you're done and whether or not you're prepared to possibly put in more work over a longer period of time to article in a larger center.
Anyway, that is the information I have to offer including my own personal rant. Also, if it helps, the number of TRU 2Ls who got OCI interviews and then were offered positions (which usually comes with the expectation of being offered articles) continues to increase each year as our reputation develops and employers learn more about the program and students.
Hope this helps!