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  1. I spent my first year in the so called new res. I’m glad I did it at the time having never been to Kamloops, not having a car and not knowing anything about the city or where to live. Unless things have changed since I was a student, the 1L schedule had a lot of time spent in class as most 3 hour classes were spread to twice a week 1.5 hour lectures. That changed in the upper years. Basically it meant that you had to be at campus quite often during the week with random breaks throughout the day. I appreciated being able to make the short walk back to my room when I had the random 3 hour break in the day. With that said, I was only too quick to leave res after my first year. I lived in res during most of my undergrad but just found that I was at a different point in my life when I got into law school. The hallways filled with partying 18 year olds just annoyed me. I was also tired of having a roommate. I was used to a much bigger university which had meal plan options for those living in res but TRU never really had anything like that. You could buy a plan for flex dollars that you could use at the few places on campus but there was no actual caf where you could get your meals. You also only have a microwave and fridge in your room so I found eating properly to be a little tough.
  2. I went to TRU law and got by without a car for the 3 years I lived there. A car would have been nice and most of my classmates had one, but I got by fine without one. I know from classmates that parking on campus was always a struggle anyways so that would have been a pain. I lived downtown for 2 of my 3 years and at the time there were 3 different bus lines that would take me to campus so it was never a really long wait.
  3. I thought that was very well done Fred. Keep up the good work
  4. You are correct. Good memory! OP, I graduated law school and then worked in a law-adjacent field but not as a lawyer for 3 years. I then went back and did my articling. I got lucky though as I articled and later worked as a lawyer for the same employer that I was with after law school which is really the only reason I got in. You’d need to check your province’s law society rules to see how long the gap can be between law school and starting articling. It’s definitely doable but you’d be at a major disadvantage in getting articles unless you have some sort of connection. With the market the way it is these days, you’d have a hard time demonstrating that you’re more qualified and a better fit than someone fresh out of law school if you’ve been out of the game for several years.
  5. A lot of new Crown's start out in traffic court. It's extremely busy and chaotic, you get experience speaking in court, but the rules are relaxed and the stakes are low. It's an excellent place to start particularly for someone who doesn't have a litigation background. All the senior Crown in my area, including the ACCP's, started in traffic court when they started their careers. They've unfortunately gone away from that a bit due I suspect to manpower in my area but it is a great place to start.
  6. True enough. You won’t get in simply because of a law degree
  7. I'd have to disagree with you on the bolded point MP just based on my own experience. I'm sure there are police forces out there that wouldn't highly value the law degree, but it's made a huge difference for me with my agency. There's actually quite a few of us in my force that are both lawyers and cops and each has forged great career paths for themselves. Most are the superiors you referred to. I do completely agree re your points about the rewarding career though.
  8. I thought he wasn’t even in law school yet? I love people who comment on things they know nothing about. Always entertaining
  9. It's a great program. I've gone to the last 2 and will try making it a point to continue going each year.
  10. This is so true. I only did a brief stint with the Crown, but I pretty much always felt like I was drowning. I enjoyed the challenge of it, but it was definitely different from school because there really wasn't adequate prep time. I remember days of going to our low complexity court and having 20 files on the docket for that day. It was impossible to thoroughly vet them all, but it did start getting a little bit easier and you find ways to make it work. Stick in there buddy but make sure you take care of yourself.
  11. I don’t know if there are many with that background but LE experience definitely helps.
  12. That's fair. If your intention is to go to law school just for fun and you don't actually want to work as a lawyer, then Bond may not be a bad choice.
  13. I wouldn’t sweat it. Law profs do a great job of teaching students how to do research and most schools (maybe all?) have a course in 1L geared towards just that. No one really knows how to do legal research when they start law school but everyone learns how to be semi-competent over the 3 years.
  14. I would second this. The average semi-successful defence lawyer that I know is making far more than the Crowns that I know in Edmonton. The only exception to that is when you’re first starting your career where it seems Crowns make significantly more.
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