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#251 Bure10

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 12:57 PM

Cool thanks Bure! I didn't know that not going to class is an option in law school  :razz:

 

 

A guy I work with who's a lawyer said that he NEVER went to class. I thought attendance was mandatory lol.

 

I'm a lawyer and I went to between 50-75% of class and had a B average.  It depends on the prof as some classes have mandatory attendance, some classes the prof just reads slides that are posted online so I would just read the text and be on my way, and some classes have 100% papers on a topic of your choosing so you really dont have to go to class once your paper is handed in or your topic is covered, and there are tons of other possibilities.  Everyone learns differently and my time was better served reading the text at home than spending 1.5 Hours browsing the internet, but some people need to be in class to learn so its really up to you.  But, in short attendance is not mandatory in most classes.


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#252 MissJE

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:13 PM

Hello all,

 

My best friend is getting married in September this fall in Italy, and I agreed to be her maid of honour long before I was accepted to TRU. What is your opinion on missing a week of school in late September? Would it be detrimental to the rest of my semester? I'm willing to just fly there over the weekend, say 3-4 days if need be, but would obviously love to stay for at least a full week. Any insight on this would be great! I don't want to give the impression to the professors that I am not committed in any way, and will obviously spend every free moment I have catching up with readings...

 

Thanks!

If it helps, there were actually several 1Ls this year who took long weekends off to get married themselves. Late September should be no problem since you won't be really into the material yet anyway. Also, if this year's 1L class is any indication, you won't have a problem getting missed notes from classmates. However, there are some classes with "on call" policies where they assign students to specifically contribute to the conversation in class so if you by chance get assigned to a class you will miss, you will need to make arrangements with the prof and another student to switch. I wouldn't think this would be an issue though.

PS Italy in September is amazing! I wouldn't sacrifice that trip for a week of classes in September if I were in your shoes! :)


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 10:41 PM

If it helps, there were actually several 1Ls this year who took long weekends off to get married themselves. Late September should be no problem since you won't be really into the material yet anyway. Also, if this year's 1L class is any indication, you won't have a problem getting missed notes from classmates. However, there are some classes with "on call" policies where they assign students to specifically contribute to the conversation in class so if you by chance get assigned to a class you will miss, you will need to make arrangements with the prof and another student to switch. I wouldn't think this would be an issue though.

PS Italy in September is amazing! I wouldn't sacrifice that trip for a week of classes in September if I were in your shoes! :)

 

 

Thanks MissJE. Judging from everyone's posts, TRU seems to have such a congenial community. Can't wait to be a part of it!


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Posted 12 April 2016 - 07:21 AM

Thanks MissJE. Judging from everyone's posts, TRU seems to have such a congenial community. Can't wait to be a part of it!

 

Ah, everyone seems so amazing, I'm so excited!!


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Posted 13 July 2016 - 01:10 PM

Random question about a BC StudentAid application: Can anyone confirm whether the study dates chosen should cover the full academic year (Sep 7 - April something) or just a semester (Sep -Dec)? Right now the only "Year 1" study dates available for me to choose are Sept-Dec which seems odd to me. Have had an awful experience with StudentAid in the past because of a similar mistake so want to make sure everything is done right.



#256 Liquidz

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 01:52 PM

Thanks MissJE. Judging from everyone's posts, TRU seems to have such a congenial community. Can't wait to be a part of it!

 

This is one of the best aspects of TRU Law. Everyone helps everyone and we're a very close knit group of students.



#257 MissJE

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 10:07 AM

Random question about a BC StudentAid application: Can anyone confirm whether the study dates chosen should cover the full academic year (Sep 7 - April something) or just a semester (Sep -Dec)? Right now the only "Year 1" study dates available for me to choose are Sept-Dec which seems odd to me. Have had an awful experience with StudentAid in the past because of a similar mistake so want to make sure everything is done right.

 

Not sure if I'm the best person to answer this since I have AB loans (which are done completely differently) BUT I have a friend with BC loans who told me that they are in fact done per semester. However, the best thing to do is contact BC StudentAid directly. The time you might spend on hold is well worth it to prevent a mistake on your application especially when it could lead to less money for a school with very high tuition.


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 12:24 PM

Hi!  I can't seem to find any admissions requirements or admission statistics on TRU.  Can anyone give me some help on what LSAT scores they accept, GPA requirements etc?  Thank you



#259 pennyh7

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 11:14 AM

Anyone know how much parking costs on campus? (approximately). I am looking for a place to live and want to know if parking costs will be a large deterrent for living far from campus. Thanks!  :smile:



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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:04 PM

Anyone know how much parking costs on campus? (approximately). I am looking for a place to live and want to know if parking costs will be a large deterrent for living far from campus. Thanks!  :smile:

 

 

All parking info can be accessed on the link below:

 

https://www.tru.ca/f...nt-parking.html


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#261 MissJE

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 06:13 PM

Hi!  I can't seem to find any admissions requirements or admission statistics on TRU.  Can anyone give me some help on what LSAT scores they accept, GPA requirements etc?  Thank you

 

TRU has not released stats on previous classes regarding LSAT scores or GPAs of accepted students. Also, as far as I can tell, each year they've changed what they are looking for in applications. For example, the year I applied, I had to submit 3 LORs and there was no limit to the amount of credits they would look at, whereas they now only require 2 LORs and look at only the last 90 credits (http://www.tru.ca/la...first-year.html). There are no official minimum LSAT or GPA scores required, but if you look at the previous and current accepted threads here it may give you an idea. However, given TRUs holistic approach to admissions in previous years, it's hard to tell really. Best thing to do is contact the admin office and see what kind of information they're willing to share in this regard.



#262 MissJE

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 06:17 PM

Anyone know how much parking costs on campus? (approximately). I am looking for a place to live and want to know if parking costs will be a large deterrent for living far from campus. Thanks!  :smile:

 

There's also a fairly reliable transit system in Kamloops, and the passes are free (included in tuition) so that's also an option. .



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:59 PM

Hey all, could you speak to the articling experience at TRU? I've generally heard positive things, but more info/opinions would be appreciated.



#264 MissJE

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 06:18 PM

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!