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  1. Another consideration is whether or not you would be okay with living in a small city for three years. A lot of people in my class from Vancouver or Calgary had a hard time adjusting and dislike living in Kamloops, but because I am from rural Manitoba it was an easy transition for me. If you've only ever lived in larger cities you may not like Kamloops.
  2. I'm a Manitoban who rejected my offer to the U of M in favour of TRU last cycle. I knew I wanted to practice in BC over Manitoba so that's largely why I chose TRU over U of M. I also sort of wanted a change and something fresh because I did my undergrad at the U of M and felt like I'd be going to law school with a lot of the same people (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). The main consideration for staying in Manitoba was the tuition, which is about $8,000 less per year than TRU. It was tough but ultimately I decided that an extra $24,000 in my lifetime in exchange for getting into the BC market was worth the price tag. Others may not think so. That was my thought process when I accepted my offer to TRU. After finishing 1L at TRU I don't regret my decision at all. I love the school, the location, and all the new people I have met. I am satisfied with the quality of education I am getting. I think I made the right decision for myself and I can count on one hand the times where I wondered how things would be different if I chose Robson Hall. Although the BC market is more easily accessible to me, I could always easily go back to MB because my roots are there. I feel like I have the best of both worlds so to speak. That is just my experience and others will have different opinions. But if you are sure you want to practice in BC and money isn't a huge issue for you I would say TRU is the better choice.
  3. @AJD19 Perhaps they would favour someone from Kelowna over Toronto, that is possible. I don't know what goes on amongst the admissions committee so I cannot say for sure. But I do know they don't explicitly ask for connections. I would assume if they aren't requiring applicants to speak to them, they wouldn't then use that as a basis to decide who gets in over another. Maybe the person from Toronto is from Kelowna, but they just chose to go to a university in Toronto for their undergrad. I know a few people in my year that have done that. Also TRU was initially established to be a law school that promotes rural placement of its students, but I wouldn't say that is the case anymore. The vast majority of students end up going back to where they came from, either Calgary or Vancouver. TRU tries hard to place its students in those cities, I know this because I just attended the annual career fair. Out of about 25 employers that attended, only 5 or so were from rural areas (i.e Kamloops, Kelowna, the Interior). I would say TRU promotes rural placement more than other law schools, but it is not their main objective anymore, and probably never was. Hope this gave you more insight 🙂
  4. No they do not. You are not required to speak to any sort of connections at all in your personal statement like Sask and UNB.
  5. For me, I believe having government student loans only reduced the credit limit of my Scotiabank LOC if I had more than a certain amount of debt. If I can remember correctly it was only if you had more than $50,000 that it would reduce your credit limit. So let's say you had $60,000 worth of government student loans, it would reduce your credit limit on your LOC by $10,000. I have no idea if this is how it works for everyone, but that's what I was told.
  6. I agree with nearly all of the advice given by the above posters. However, I don't agree that law school is something that shouldn't cross the minds of high school students who are thinking about it. My situation was similar to yourself, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer and aim for law school back in Grade 11. I remember being quite annoyed at people telling me not to worry about law school or that I was too young to start thinking about it. My grades were a little higher than yours, so I'd suggest focusing on your grades at this point first and foremost. If you are inspired to achieve a particular goal in life, I don't see any harm in starting to think about it early. Granted, it is true that you really shouldn't start thinking about particular stresses of law school, but I think it may be useful to research it more to make sure you are getting an understanding about what law school is all about and to start to think about whether a career in law is something you can realistically see yourself in. Personally, I used my goal of getting into law school as my motivation for everything. You can't get into law school unless you get into university following high school, so use that as your motivation to raise your grades now. Law school will also be quite challenging for you if you have not developed good study habits, so use that as motivation to improve yourself there too. Use this goal to inspire you to be the best you can be at whatever stage you are at. Perhaps this is more of an extreme view that should be used with caution, but this is what worked for me throughout high school and undergrad. It is never too early to get inspired by a particular goal you have for yourself, just don't get too lost in it that you forget to focus on what's important at this point in your life. Good luck.
  7. I agree. Yeah my advisor seemed very flexible and mentioned that he would honour any new changes that happen in the future before I enter repayment, which I appreciate. Who knows, maybe in the next few years they will be offering something even better than a 24 month grace period and we will benefit from it.
  8. Of course. Yeah it made me a bit nervous signing a legal document that said one thing but in reality there was some sort of verbal side agreement that I do not have proof of. So I made sure I had proof. It baffles me how a bank can do business like that though, not to mention the massive inconsistencies this forum brings to light. But Scotiabank in my opinion offers the best financing option for law students, so I suppose I'd rather put up with it.
  9. I noticed this problem too when reading over the paperwork. I was told through e-mail there would be a 12 month grace period on interest payments only, and a 24 month grace period on principal payments from my program study end date (after articles). However, the paperwork only states a 12 month grace period on both interest and principal payments. I asked my advisor and he said they haven't changed the paperwork yet to properly reflect these new changes (which is extremely problematic in my opinion), but if better conditions are offered before you go into repayment they will always honour the most up to date policy. It seems like it is verbal which is unsettling, but I have kept the original e-mail in which my advisor promised a 24 month grace period on principal payments just in case this will be disputed when repayment comes.
  10. I was just approved for $45K a year also and have it in writing.
  11. Yeah I do notice that too, which is why a lot of men seem to like to play around with different coloured/designed socks. I just wasn't sure if that would work for women. I ended up returning the pants because although I probably could get away with wearing them, I wouldn't say I felt as comfortable and confident as I would have liked. For me at least, confidence is key when it comes to clothing. But it's nice to know that a shorter pant is still acceptable, as I'm sure I'll encounter this same problem again in future considering my body type. Thanks!
  12. Yeah you're right, it's probably not the best to try to make something that's too small work when I could just get a bigger size tailored. Thanks!
  13. What is the consensus on the appropriate length and style of your pants when wearing a suit? I bought a suit from Banana Republic and it fits perfect, however I am a bit worried about pant length. They hit at or slightly above the ankle when standing which I thought is fine, but when I am sitting they do ride up a bit and expose some leg. I would be wearing heels with them if that makes a difference. I am hesitant to get the long size because the smallest is size 2 and I think that would be too loose on me as I normally fit a size 0. Here's a picture of them: https://bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca/browse/product.do?cid=1050784&pcid=1050784&vid=1&pid=267817003
  14. That clears things up, thank you! Now I don't need to worry about missing out on anything if scholarships/awards take place after classes start, as I know some law schools offer them prior.
  15. Does anyone know how scholarships, awards, and bursaries work at TRU? From what I gather, all students are qualified for entrance awards/scholarships and ones that require an application open sometime in August. The awards/scholarships that require applications seem pretty clear to me, but there seems to be less info on the entrance ones. When are the entrance awards/scholarships given? Does TRU offer them in their acceptance letters or is it closer to or after the first day of classes?
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