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  1. I'm not OP but I want to weigh in: Is law school super hard? Depends on who you are and how you study. Some people find it considerably more difficult than others. There's no singular study method that works best. Personally, it hasn't been much harder than my bachelor of arts. Is their cliques? Yes. High school never ends. There are always cliques. There will be cliques in law school and there will be cliques at your future law firm. Do professors actually care? In general, yes. TRU law professors seem to care quite a bit about their students in my experience.
  2. That's very subjective and I can't really answer that. It could be any number of things that deviates from the norm. Imagine the norm being applying to law school in your last year of undergrad with nothing but summer retail jobs (there's nothing wrong with retail, it's just not unique) and a few club memberships on your resume. If you're that type of person with an average GPA (70%) and an average LSAT (150), you don't really have a good shot at law school.
  3. TRU doesn't publish a minimum LSAT/GPA requirement. Having both an average GPA and an average LSAT doesn't bode well unless you have incredible references and extra curriculars. You'll need to be above average in at least 2 out of those 3 categories.
  4. I think you still have a good chance. I've seen lower LSAT scores than that get accepted, especially with that high of a GPA. Your references/work experience/personal statement will probably be the deciding factor. An uninteresting person with a 4.05/153 might not get in, but an interesting person with those scores probably would.
  5. Follow the instructions. Being 30 words over is going to be worse than losing 30 words worth of information. Having a PS that's too long will be interpreted as "this person can't follow simple instructions."
  6. You have a great shot, as long as you also have decent extra curriculars, letters of reference, and a good personal statement. TRU tends to weigh those things heavier than most schools.
  7. If OP went to TRU in 1L then UBC in 2L, I'd assume they just didn't have strong cover letters/resumes. I'm in 3L at TRU and received 9 Vancouver OCIs with the following grades: A-, B+, B+, B, B, B, B. I had heard rumours that transferring to UBC from TRU/UVic looks bad to employers unless you had a compelling reason to transfer (family issues, you got married, etc.). I have no idea how true that is, so yeah.
  8. It won't make any difference really as long as you get it in before the early admission deadline. I would just wait for the LSAT score.
  9. I use a 13" HP Spectre. I bought it in 2017 and it still runs like new. I like the keyboard and find it very easy to type exams on. The one caveat though is that you would probably want to opt for a 15" screen or larger, or buy a larger computer monitor to connect to when you're studying. You'll be working with a lot of PDFs and word docs and doing a lot of research, so it's nice to have a lot of screen real estate.
  10. I don't know about every firm but I know of a firm that interviewed 50 applicants for ~3 spots.
  11. Yup. Here at TRU you can get your hands on mooting within the first month of 1L. I did an evidence case 4 weeks into law school. We also have a mandatory "Fundamental Legal Skills" course which is pass-fail and solely based on memo writing, factum drafting, and the classic "1L Moot." Then of course in 2L and 3L you can register for the legal clinic and take on actual files. A few of my classes have involved legal letter or memo assignments as well.
  12. @lawstudent20202020 is right. TRU started out by using all of Calgary's curriculum and policies. TRU is no longer affiliated with Calgary but still uses some of its policies. I do know that the administration is continuously working on updating the policies to be more in-line with the main body of TRU and shed the remnants from Calgary.
  13. Hi Emtee, I live in a condo complex next to campus and my closest friends all live in residence at TRU. As with most schools, you apply for a place in residence. You can opt for not having a roommate, being matched a roommate, or applying with a roommate of your choice (if you meet someone also going to TRU Law this might work well). There are three types of on-campus residence. The main one is simply called "TRU Residence" and is the only option worth looking into. The residence building is pretty secure. There is someone at the front desk 24/7. All guests have to sign-in and leave their ID at the front desk until they leave. On Friday and Saturday only guests who have been pre-registered by people that live in the building are allowed to sign in (this is to prevent parties in residence). The down side from what my friends tell me is that it can be noisy. They can hear their neighbours all the time and sometimes late at night. This is especially annoying with the workload of law school. There is a condo complex across the street from campus called Landmark. There are several buildings and rent starts around $1100/month. There's no front desk but the buildings require a key or fob to enter. Plus it's as close to the law building, if not closer, than the residence building. You can find single bedroom or two-bedroom units (if you want a roommate) and you won't have to worry about noisy neighbours. At the end of the day you'll be just as safe with either choice. To apply for TRU Residence, go here and click "Apply Now": https://www.tru.ca/future/housing/residences.html For Landmark, there should be lots of rentals and sales over the summer as graduating students move out.
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