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  1. This is not necessarily evidence that U of T students are smarter, its equally valid to argue that they simply have access to better coaching. I'm not saying that U of T students aren't smarter, just that the evidence you're relying on to prove your point is not as solid as you think it is.
  2. Defer. Nobody on this forum knows you or whether you're the type of person who can pull off the bar exam without studying. Never assume you're that type of person, always go into an exam having studied as much as possible. There's no shame in deferring. Save yourself some money (and anxiety) and write the exam when you've had the time to adequately prepare.
  3. I'm helping a client with a CRT claim (pro bono) and it's really not the greatest experience. I applied to be their representative and the CRT denied it since they don't want legal representation involved. The CRT said I could be a "helper" instead. A helper can do anything except speak for the party at a hearing, make binding agreements, and communicate with the CRT directly. So I basically drafted the messages and written arguments, which the client then reviewed and submitted.
  4. If you're going to self-study I HIGHLY recommend the PowerScore books.
  5. Fair enough, I know some of those courses are offered at other schools. UBC/TRU share the instructor that teaches Video Game Law/Entertainment Law/Digital Media/Communications, though he taught In-House Counsel exclusively at TRU (idk if that's still the case). While not all of those courses strictly unique to TRU, they're a factor that can make TRU stand out. Anecdotally, when I was applying to schools I was surprised to find TRU had one of the best selections of entertainment/sports law courses. Edit: to reiterate, the best answer to OP is probably that TRU is the only option in BC that uses holistic admissions.
  6. Fair enough. There's plenty of reason to go TRU over other schools (i.e., TRU > Windsor if you want to work in Vancouver), but given the opportunity to attend any school I don't think anyone would pick TRU over schools like UBC/UVic/U of T. I mean, I described something that I believe makes TRU unique, if you scroll up. You're free to disagree with that reason, but saying "literally nothing" isn't helpful and really just sounds petty. To elaborate on my other comment in this thread, TRU really captured my attention for its selection of progressive courses that I simply didn't see listed at other schools. TRU was the first school in the country to offer a course on In-House & Corporate Counsel, for example. There were also specific profs/sessionals that I wanted to learn from (and am now actually good friends with). EDIT: For a less fluffy response to @member123456's question, the primary draw to TRU is that it's the easiest school in BC to get into. It's unique in that UBC/UVic have high GPA/LSAT requirements while TRU has truly holistic admissions. This makes TRU the ideal school if you want to work in BC but can't get into UBC/UVic on stats alone.
  7. 3 out of your last 4 comments are negative about TRU, and each one is on a different thread - got a chip on your shoulder or something?
  8. A big one for me was course selection. The school has demonstrated a willingness to let profs teach courses on somewhat niche topics as long as there's interest from students. Every year the students are surveyed about what courses they want and the administration has been responsive to that survey. Some cool/unique courses offered at TRU: Video Gaming Law, In-House & Corporate Counsel, Designing Legal Expert Systems, Lawyering in the 21st Century, Animal Law, Mental Health Law & Policy Here's a list of Profs and their research Here's a list of courses
  9. Is Evidence not a required course at UBC? I think you should take it either way, for a couple of reasons: unless you've already secured a position at a solicitor-only firm, there's a good chance you'll have to do some litigation during articles; and you should know some general principles of litigation because as a solicitor you'll be advising clients on how to avoid being sued, which necessitates having an understanding of litigation.
  10. I don't think it'll change much, at least not right away. Right now as a student I'm hesitant to use legal assistants much. This is mostly due to imposter syndrome (I've been out of law school for less than a year, who am I to boss around someone who's been at the firm for 15 years?) I expect that as I get more comfortable (and as my hourly rate goes up) I'll rely on assistants more often to handle administrative tasks so I can focus on billables.
  11. I didn't attend UBC for law school but I saw your question on the sidebar. Outside of Ontario there are no consequences to withdrawing an acceptance (other than forfeiting your deposit). Since Ontario schools all use OLSAS they all know when you've accept an offer at an Ontario school. Ontario schools don't know if you've accepted an offer at a non-Ontario school. Similarly, no schools outside of Ontario know whether you've accepted at any other school. A classmate of mine accepted Windsor's offer then withdrew and took an offer from TRU instead. Someone else very close to me accepted an offer at USask then withdrew and took an offer at UBC instead. This happens very often since students obviously want to hedge their bets.
  12. I would expect you to get in - those are solid stats. Work experience is good. Having no ECs is only a bad thing if the rest of your time was spent doing literally nothing. Your major makes 0 difference to admissions decisions at TRU.
  13. My life as an articling student in a ~30 lawyer full-service office: 25% responding to emails/phone calls 50% legal work (legal research, drafting contracts, drafting pleadings, due diligence, etc.) 20% administrative tasks (time entry, file management, organization, photocopying documents, etc.) 5% miscellaneous (grabbing coffee, chatting with colleagues from a safe distance with masks on) I typically work from 845am to 545pm.
  14. I wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. Got my glasses, I'm out the door, gonna hit this city. Before I leave I brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack. 'Cause when I leave for the office I ain't coming back.
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