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  1. Couple of thoughts. First off, I'm sorry for your loss. Second, I'm impressed that you made a post where you've clearly put in some time and research into your options. It's quite refreshing. Ultimately, I tend to agree with providence that your best bet might be creating an option #3 and going directly to the US for school, preferably in Texas. If you're absolutely sure that you want to end up in the US and there's no issues with you becoming a resident (I don't know anything about moving to another country), then I don't see much point in getting a Canadian JD or even doing 2 years at Calgary. If the above doesn't work in your circumstances and you absolutely cannot defer, then I'd go with the option that left the most doors open for me. You also have to balance that with what's going on in your personal life. If you weren't going through a period of hardship, I'd probably suggest Calgary for your goals. If I were in your shoes and deferring and going straight to Texas wasn't an option, I'd probably go to Windsor just for the support system and for the professional help you alluded to. Have you looked into whether you could do a year at Windsor and then transfer over as a 2L to one of those Texas schools you were referring to? I don't really know how that works, but I seem to recall my school getting a few transfer students from the US halfway through law school so I'd imagine it works the other way as well? Might be worth something checking into. That could be the best of both worlds? Good luck with everything!
  2. I had primarily lived in big cities (Vancouver, Toronto) before moving to Kamloops, but really enjoyed my time there. I'm a city boy at heart and wouldn't have wanted to stay there long term, but I absolutely loved my 3 years there. It was a great place to be a student and unlike some of the law schools in the bigger cities, the vast majority of students were not Kamloops natives which I thought helped form stronger bonds between classmates as almost none of us knew anyone else in the city.
  3. There are tons of TRU grads who've landed in both Vancouver and Calgary. As long as you do well in school and have some sort of a personality, you'll be fine.
  4. I think the above poster did a good job explaining the situation. The biggest knock with TRU is the crazy tuition. It was a problem when I attended years ago and still sucks. I didn't bother reading the article since it was authored 2 years before TRU even became a school, but I can speak from my experience and other classmates, that none of us had any issues finding jobs (other than the issues every student faces). I graduated back in 2015 when we didn't even have significant OCI's, no legal clinics, mooting was just starting to become a thing and we didn't even have a law building until halfway through my degree. Even with all of that and at a time when the stigma was probably at its highest because we were the second graduating class, I believe all but one person in my class of approx. 100 obtained articles. The one person who didn't chose not to practice law. I don't know what current placement rates are because I couldn't be bothered to look that info up, but by all accounts, TRU grads seem to be doing just fine particularly in BC and AB. At the end of the day, law school is what you make of it. You can go to any Canadian law school and if you do well, you'll be fine in your hunt for articles. In contrast, you can go to what you perceive to be the best school but if you shit the bed and end up the worst student in your year, you'll be struggling to find a job despite the school you went to.
  5. I'd echo a lot of what providence said above. The biggest factor for me would come down to passion. Are you passionate about what you're doing right now? Could you be happy being an engineer for the rest of your career? The grass isn't always greener on the other side so I wouldn't go to law school unless you really think you'd love the practice of law or really don't like being an engineer.
  6. If by more accessible you mean is it holistic, then yes they still use a holistic approach to admissions just like many other schools.
  7. I agree with goodlaw. That sounds like a horrible position. They really want you to try out to decide if you're worth keeping around for the remainder of the year for free???? Yeah, no thanks.
  8. No offence, but just about everything that you said in this long post is factually incorrect.
  9. You'll find tons of snobs at every law school, but I'm not sure there's any school that I could paint with that brush.
  10. I definitely would not advise transferring overseas to do law after only one year of undergrad. Those people who are struggling so much to find legal jobs in Canada after studying overseas all at least had a Canadian undergrad degree and yet they still struggle because the stigma is so strong. If you didn't even have an initial degree, I'm not sure how you'd possibly be able to find employment as a lawyer in Canada unless one of your parents owns a law firm. It's not a race to become a lawyer and from your post, I'm not even sure that law is something you're very passionate about so going overseas for law school right now has no merit that I can see. I would ride it out in undergrad if I were you. If you're not enjoying your program or school, then maybe consider switching programs or transferring to a new school, but undergrad is a great time to find yourself and hopefully over the course of your undergrad, you'll start finding out what you're passionate about.
  11. This was always an issue for me too. I wouldn't be able to do any work on the train/bus so I've always driven to work.
  12. Take this with a grain of salt because I got into law school 7 years ago, but your GPA is fantastic and I wouldn't be surprised if you squeaked in somewhere with your current stats if you applied widely enough. You obviously wouldn't be a competitive applicant so I do think your plan of rewriting is for the best. If you can get your LSAT into the mid 150's, you'll be fine. Good luck with your applications!
  13. I only skimmed this thread, but pretty sure OP said they were interested in government and/or academia...
  14. I don't think it's a big deal as long as your principal agrees with the proposed date. I'm assuming there's a good reason why you want to start earlier? Also make sure that you and your principal are alive to whatever your law society's rules are as to how many days before your start date the paperwork needs to be in.
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