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  1. One for TRU: 1. Collegiality: People are genuinely friendly and social. Almost everyone is from elsewhere so the law school is a genuine community. 2. Location: ( worth a bunch of points): Kamloops is a fairly vibrant city for its size. You are a few hours drive from Vancouver, Kelowna and the Okanagan, and a couple more from Calgary. Kamloops is not the centre of the universe, BUT contrasted to schools of comparable admissions standards like Lakehead, Windsor, Sask or UNB, TRU is in the best city. 3. The lifestyle: BC lifestyle is a thing in Kamloops. Things are a little slower, more laid back. Lots of amazing outdoor activities, relaxed places to hang out, friendly locals. Lot of people go to UVIC for the good vibes- you can find that in Kamloops as well. 4. The legal community: Lawyers in the Kamloops region are very friendly, very outgoing, and invested in the local community. Lawyers want to meet you and can enrich your experience in Kamloops. 5. Well regarded in BC and increasingly Alberta: Major BC firms partners(as I've been told), see no distinction between a TRU, UBC or UVIC grad in the big-firm hiring process. The school has a big Alberta presence as well, and a prof at the school calls it "the third Alberta law school". If you are are interested in both Alberta and BC, it could be the place for you. 6. Strong faculty: TRU has done a good job at attracting pretty great faculty. Faculty has impressive resumes, are pretty much all great lecturers, brilliant and approachable. 7. Non-ideological: One gets the sense that the school has faculty from a variety of backgrounds and political views. More so, the faculty or student body doesn't have a particular "thrust", there is a modesty in that people are there, mostly, to learn and teach the law. This is refreshing. 8. The law building is architecturally and visually appealing. Its a clean, spacious building where people enjoy spending time. The university at large has a quaint community college feel, and doesn't feel like a concrete jungle like other schools. 9. Start-up school with a point to prove: Your time here is what you make of it. It doesn't have a particular mandate or channel you in a particular way. The culture is fresh and open to be explored and built up. On top of this, the faculty and school are personally invested in your success and impact. So chances are this is a place where you can build a niche and a legacy, and get supported to do that. 10. You're in law school. You probably didn't get into UBC or UVIC or UofC. You could be attending law school in an Australian backwater or a grey English factory town with 18 year olds. But instead, you're in a close-knit, upbeat Canadian Law school in a cozy BC mountain town, 30 minutes from a ski resort and a few hours from the coast. So enjoy.
  2. Hi 1L here, Just starting to think about summer. Pretty much all I know at this point is that I want to work up North, preferably in commercial/natural resources law. I am attracted to the freedom, interesting work and $$$ up there. I have a broader idea of the "North", Im basically open to anywhere north of Prince George - including Grande Prairie, the Mac, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Iqauliut. Particularly interested in working on the pipeline/mining and other major resource projects. Does anyone have any relevant experience they can share? Any ideas on where to start and what to look for?
  3. For what it’s worth and it’s not much, I’ve taken my name off the UofA waitlist.
  4. No, I received positive feedback on my statement from exactly the right people. There is quite a bit of complexity in the admissions process: I know practicing lawyers who don't know that UofT and Osgoode are different schools, for example. I wouldn't have possibly known that Windsor Dual has easier entrance standards, unless I was previously advised. The other alternative is spend hours on this site, which I did anyway, but most people have lives. My recommendation? Shell out a few hundred bucks if you can afford it. Law School is a massive investment anyway, and it doesn't hurt to have a slight edge.
  5. I had a 3.2 and a 162. I received an offer from TRU, and a waitlist from UofA. The consultant I used helped me craft killer a statement that brought out my best characteristics. I also learned which schools I would have a shot at, how and when to follow up with admissions, and explaining certain discrepancies etc that admissions looks at. Was it worth roughly 300 dollars? Absolutely.
  6. I had a consultant review my applications and resume and give me application strategies. I dont think I would have gotten in without it.
  7. You will get automatic admit at UofA. You've got a great chance at other schools too.
  8. I think thats applications per seat. That's somewhat misleading because many applicants send out 7+ applications, then there are more offers than seats etc. Id be interested in knowing how many applicants applied to law school in Canada this year, compared to seats in Canadian law schools. That will give a rough idea as to how competitive the cycle was.
  9. Out of curiosity sake, what is the total applicants to seats ratio for Canadian law schools across the board? Something like 1 seat for every 3 applicants Im assuming?
  10. Please include Western schools. Us Westerners don't appreciate Ontario-centrism(in politics or law school stats)
  11. Yup, its probably way harder for an average windsor applicant with 3.5/160 to get in than for an average Uoft applicant 3.9 and 167 to get into UofT. Just because the applicant pool is so much smaller in the latter. Higher Entrance Stats=More Selective may just be a commonly held fallacy.
  12. Basing the information off this. At the same time, it seems UofA had a less than competitive season- with people with far lower stats getting in. I can see TRU(or windsor or sask) having more applicants than UofT. These schools accept people with 3.3 and 156 kind of stats. If you accept that stats are curved, these kind of applications are probably a standard deviation away from the 3.9/167 applications you see at UofT. The less competitive schools probably receive more applications because there are exponentially more applicants with a realistic chance at those schools.
  13. Been following this board closely and it seems like its been an interesting cycle. With the information they received, does anyone care to comment on how competitive the cycle was at their respective schools? I heard TRU has 3200 applicants for 150 spots, which was unprecedented.
  14. Now I know the whole "prestige" and stigma thing about foreign schools has been beaten to death. For most Canadian students, most of the time, a Canadian Law School is the way to go. However, suppose you wanted to work with big foreign players, do international M&A deals, perhaps do international criminal cases or something along those lines. In these cases, would it not be better to go to an Internationally reputable school?For instance, suppose you wanted to specialize in helping Chinese companies takeover Canadian resource firms. I'd imagine having a Law Degree from the University of Hong Kong, with a working familiarity of Commonwealth and Chinese legal systems, might be advantageous. Similarly, if you wanted to do major international human rights work, a degree from Kings College London may open up doors to work at the International Criminal Court, which is experience you can later bring back to Canada. I would imagine that the only Canadian schools that would offer equivalent opportunities in these fields would be UBC or UofT. . I would imagine that if you wanted to work in a more globalized setting, it might be worth going abroad rather than going to a regionally focused Canadian school. Thoughts?
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