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  1. 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.
  2. I don't know about every firm but I know of a firm that interviewed 50 applicants for ~3 spots.
  3. 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.
  4. @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.
  5. 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.
  6. Anecdotally I bet the waitlist is ordered based on stats first, and then date of application. The school has been known to bump you up the waitlist if you let them know for a fact that you'll go to TRU over any other school. They'd rather not offer someone a spot from the waitlist only to have that person reneg later in the summer to go somewhere else.
  7. I took 4 per term for my entire undergrad and had a 3.4 L2 and 164 LSAT and was waitlisted at Western in 2017 (I accepted an offer elsewhere and didn't end up going to Western). I wouldn't worry if I were you.
  8. Exactly what @KJR said. TRU arguably cares more about your ECs and life experience than any other law school in Canada. It's not like with UBC where you can estimate your odds of being accepted by using an algorithm.
  9. Yes, basically anything outside of your university courses counts as an "EC."
  10. Was playing a lot of CS:GO at the start of law school. Found it was too much of a commitment (I was on a team competing in online leagues like ESEA/CEVO). Now I just play Rocket League casually. Beat Zelda: Breath of the Wild over winter holidays.
  11. Depends on how good your ECs are. I was waitlisted (then accepted) in 2017 with a L2 of 3.4 and a LSAT of 164 with pretty solid ECs. The school has only become more competitive since then. With good ECs you're likely to be waitlisted - but from there it's anybody's guess.
  12. I echo most of the people above me. I'm at TRU Law, and it's a great school and has a great reputation in Vancouver/BC. The networking here with Vancouver firms is great, too. But it is very expensive, and UofA places well in BC, so where money is a concern I'd say go with UofA.
  13. It would actually improve your future employment prospects if you go to Iran. Law firms LOVE people with interesting life experiences. You would really stand out of the crowd if you go to Iran and volunteer.
  14. I'm a currently 2L student at TRU Law, this year's placement rate in big law (through OCIs) was 20%. That being said, big law placement here has increased every year since our first grad class in 2014. Also, UBC Law states that 25% of their 2Ls get placements in Vancouver. Vancouver and Calgary are both in reach for anyone who wants to put in the effort. It's easier to get into Vancouver from TRU than Calgary, but I know plenty of grads who have done it.
  15. I'm from Surrey, went to UBC Vancouver for my undergrad. Kamloops is small both in population and geography - especially compared to Greater Vancouver. But there's a lot to do and lots of great cafes, bars, and restaurants. Law school keeps you so busy that you probably won't have time to see all that Kamloops has to offer before you graduate. The only thing I think Kamloops is lacking is clothing stores - the mall isn't great and downtown only has one or two viable options (at least for men's clothes). The school is pretty diverse. In the law school alone we have the Indigenous Law Students Association, the South Asian Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, and others. Every school has good and bad professors, I've had a primarily positive experience with the professors here at TRU. "Bad" professors in this context means profs that aren't necessarily the best teachers, I've never heard of a professor being malicious, and the administration does everything it can to correct grades where it's found that a student was treated unfairly. The profs here have written textbooks, legislation, law journals, etc. They're all really invested in the success of the students. One thing that stands out about TRU Law is that we have a number of sessional professors who are practicing lawyers that the school flies into Kamloops on a weekly basis to teach courses (fly in Thursday morning, teach two classes, fly out Thursday night). These sessional profs are generally leading experts in their respective areas of law in downtown Vancouver - they teach based on their extensive experience and can be EXCELLENT references for you if you do well in their courses. In first year you don't get to choose your courses. Everyone takes Contracts, Constitutional, Property, Torts, Criminal from September to April. From September to December you also take "Legislation, Administration, and Policy," and from January to April you take Legal Perspectives. On top of all of that, you take a pass/fail course from September to March called Fundamental Legal Skills. You get to choose your courses for 2nd and 3rd year. Certain courses are offered consistently (ie, family law, trusts, wills and estates, tax law, etc.). Other specialty courses are offered on a rotating basis (one year on, one year off - ie, Video Game Law, Digital Media Law, Sports Law, etc.). 3 credit courses are 3 hours per week - either as a single 3 hour block or as two 1.5 hour classes. Administration tries its best to balance the available courses in each semester so that each semester has a fair number of "black letter" courses and "fun" courses like Video Game Law. But in the end it's subject to the availability of sessional professors and other factors.
  16. Not yet - expect it to open up in May/early June. The class groups are moderated by the TRU Society of Law Students ("SLS"), which just completed its election of the 2019-20 board of directors. The new SLS gets started in May, which is when the welcome party for the Class of 2022 will get underway!
  17. Calgary and UofA have better access to Alberta than TRU for sure. But when it comes to BC, you'll interact with way more BC/Vancouver lawyers and law firms if you go to TRU. A couple downtown Vancouver "big law" firms host networking events in Kamloops for TRU students. It's also fairly easy to go to Vancouver (3.5 hour drive/30 minute flight) for interviews/networking. You're also learning BC laws at TRU (particularly BC civil procedure and the BC Corporations Act, Societies Act, etc.). That's not to say Calgary/UofA students will have a hard time getting jobs in BC, I just think TRU's reputation in BC plus its proximity to Vancouver makes it a better option (if you can afford the tuition). Don't be worried if you go to a non-BC school, you'll still be able to find work in BC. In any situation where you're applying for jobs in a city/province outside of your own, you should make it clear that you intend to stay in the employer's city for the long-term.
  18. That plan got scrapped because the law society didn't see any point in having two law schools in Vancouver. These days TRU is getting OCI placement in downtown Vancouver at a rate comparable to UBC. TRU also has a ~96% article placement after graduation. The school and its alumni have, in a short period of time, built a pretty stellar reputation in BC for the quality of its graduates. The issue now is to expand that reputation across the country, because we don't have many graduates in Toronto/Ontario. For anyone interested in working in BC or Alberta that can deal with the tuition, TRU is more than viable. If you're trying to stay in BC after graduating then I would pick TRU over any school outside of BC except Toronto/Osgoode.
  19. @skatergurl @Mbsagrl In the summer TRU hosts mixers in every major Canadian city. Usually at a bar, we invite all incoming 1Ls from that city plus any current students and alumni that are in that city. That usually takes place at the end of July. There will also be a Class of 2021 facebook group that all incoming 1Ls will be invited to join this summer which will also help you meet your future classmates!
  20. Not OP but I'm also 2L at the school 1 - TRU doesn't do very well with Toronto/Ontario OCIs - we have students who have gone back to work in Toronto after graduating but Toronto firms don't want to come to Kamloops for OCIs 2 - It's growing more and more - this year Fasken and Owen Bird came and held networking events in Kamloops. Our law career fair hosts lawyers/recruiters from basically every major Vancouver firm (Blake's, Norton Rose, Fasken, Miller Thomson, Bennett Jones, etc.) We also do 3-day downtown Vancouver firm tours for 1Ls every May
  21. Not OP but I'm also 2L at the school 1 - Most recent stat I saw was 96% of graduates secure articles within a few months of graduating 2 - I think roughly 18-20% students in 2L secured positions through OCIs (which are primarily large and mid size firms), but a lot more than that secured positions at non-OCI firms 3 - The class is largely from the lower mainland but a significant amount come from Calgary/Edmonton 4 - I am enjoying it a lot but ymmv
  22. Can confirm that admissions has received at least a hundred more applications than last year, probably a lot more. And they were struggling to keep up last year. They should probably hire more admissions staff - or increase the size of the admissions committee.
  23. Walk around campus, check out the Tournament Capital Centre (a fantastic gym/rec centre on campus), go downtown and explore the Victoria St. area. When are you scheduled to come by? PM me for more info.
  24. TRU still uses the same holistic approach to admissions. At the same time, it has gotten more competitive. This is because more and more people are applying to TRU each year, and more and more people are choosing TRU over other schools. There is less waitlist movement this year than last year, and there has been a significant increase in applications. Since the number of seats available hasn't changed, more applications = more competitive.
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