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  1. To answer the question in your title, lawyers that aren't in big-law don't struggle. The average lawyer in BC makes ~$100,000 CAD annually. $100,000 is enough to live quite comfortably alone (especially if you're outside of Vancouver proper). WorkBC actually offers a cost-of-living calculator: https://www.costofliving.workbc.ca/
  2. The Law Society of BC operates a program called the Rural Education and Access to Lawyers Program (REAL). It's a work placement for law students to get experience at law firms in small/rural BC towns. Any law student in Canada can apply, and from what I hear it's not very competitive (they often have to extend the application deadline because they don't get enough). https://www.lawsociety.bc.ca/becoming-a-lawyer-in-bc/admission-program/articling-centre/rural-education-and-access-to-lawyers-initiative/
  3. Depends on the prof. Some profs take attendance, others don't. Some profs make class participation a significant part of your grade. Some classes that don't take attendance are so difficult that skipping class would be a terrible idea. You're an adult, so ultimately you can do whatever you want. Honestly, the fact that you're asking this before you've even started law school is concerning.
  4. You have a strong chance of getting accepted. That's a stellar GPA and the LSAT is on the low end of "good enough". Good references and ECs matter a lot to TRU. Employment experience is important too, but specifically "legal" experience doesn't provide any advantage.
  5. Lukewarm, you're probably on the fence between acceptance and waitlist. GPA is good but LSAT is middle of the road for most applicants, and ECs/work experience are fairly standard.
  6. The only downside to attending a law school outside of the province in which you intend to work is the inability to network. Networking is really important and you obviously can't do much of that if you're not in town. You can make it work, I did most of my networking when I was back home during the summer and winter break. I also scheduled a lot of phone calls. At TRU, more than 1/3 of the students are not from BC. It's super common for students to attend law schools far away from where they want to work.
  7. You would almost certainly get into Dalhousie and Western, not sure about Osgoode.
  8. In 2017 I understood it as the "most recent 60 credits." A typical course at TRU is worth 3 credits.
  9. Sorry everyone, there's no correlation. Schools send out these emails to all applicants.
  10. Funnily enough, I majored in Film Studies at UBC specifically because I knew I wanted to go to law school afterwards. My plan worked out because I got into TRU on my first attempt. Film Studies class averages were ~72% (2.95/4.33). Skills acquired in Film Studies were also directly transferable to law school (being able to follow a complex narrative, dissect, analyze, draw conclusions, articulate those conclusions).
  11. I don't really have an answer for this, but anecdotally I applied for early admission and heard nothing until April, at which point I was waitlisted. I was then accepted 2-3 weeks after that.
  12. From what I understand, TRU looks at L3 but puts more weight on the L2. Also, I don't know how the admissions committee converts grades but this might be helpful https://www.tru.ca/distance/services/policies/newgrading.html
  13. It's rolling admissions, they look at applications in the order that they arrive and start sending offers before the Feb 10th deadline. A lot of students who receive offers don't confirm or deny right away, which forces the school to wait and brings the admissions process to a halt until those students' deadline to respond passes.
  14. The TRU Provost handles Dean hiring, the admissions department is completely unrelated and unaffected The real issue is that the admissions department is relatively small, also deals with current student registration and graduation, and TRU has been getting a LOT of applications The deadline is February 10th, so they're about to get hit with one last big wave of applications
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