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  1. You can learn the fundamentals of coding in a week. I'm willing to bet they will be learning something relatively easy like python probably in the context of data analysis or simple automation. My undergrad had a 1-semester intro to data science that taught from python, R, visual basic and SQL in a semester along with excel tricks up to pivot tables and basic macros. https://www.codecademy.com/ is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to give it a try.
  2. AFAIK TRU is no longer collaborating with U of C, but many of the curriculum and core courses are still based off of U of C. You get a TRU degree not a U of C degree like in the initial years.
  3. The average undergraduate takes 40 courses to graduate. You lost 1% on 1 of those courses. 1 course represents 2.5% of your overall GPA and you lost 1% of that. This is an overall change of 0.025% on your GPA.
  4. If you are working at Farris or Puschor Mitchel maybe. The Okanagan is mostly smaller firms and from what I have gathered 60-75k would be more in line with those firms *Disclaimer: I'm not actively looking or in the job market there and this information comes from my time as support staff for a small-mid sized law firm.
  5. I had a 69% average after my first year of undergrad and was able to turn that around into a competitive average when combined with a good LSAT. 83 is a good average for first-year you should be proud of that. Also, there are schools that will either drop your worst few courses like UBC or will only look at your last couple years like U of A.
  6. I used to work in IT at a law firm, this statement is all too true.
  7. I am interested about the coding bootcamp and how they think that will be useful. I'm assuming they want to tie that in with big data analysis, but I spent a fair amount of time on that in undergrad and it's not really a topic that you dabble in. I'm not sure that lawyers should be doing that kind of work instead of contracting out to actual data analyst as experts. Any practitioners have any thoughts on coding and their practice?
  8. No but people choose very different course if they need a high GPA than if their GPA is less important. There's courses no matter how much effort someone puts in they will never get an A and if you aren't needing a high GPA there's no reason to not take those courses. Relatively Low marks don't always mean that a student was lazy, it can also come from a student challenging themselves with material they are not great with but want to learn.
  9. Not everyone goes through undergrad with the intention of going to law school.
  10. Just to chime in on foreign law schools and jobs. For context my experience comes from being in the support team at a small-mid sized firm firm that does a lot of work in rural areas. This means the hiring pool isn't nearly as competitive as big law. With that said, I've seen two types of applicants come in. The first is someone who holds a foreign law degree because they lived in the country and wanted to be a lawyer in that country so they got a law degree in that country and practiced as a lawyer in that country. Now they have immigrated to Canada and still want to be a lawyer so they are taking steps for that. This person had a decent chance compared to the applicants that come from domestic law schools but the fact that their experience is in a foreign jurisdiction is definitely a factor in their job prospects. The second is a Canadian citizen who went somewhere else for their law degree and this raises all kinds of red flags to the partners doing the hiring. The general feeling of these applicants is that they couldn't cut it in Canadian law schools and went with an easier path instead of making themselves better applicants. These applicants generally have little chance if even getting an interview unless they have something truly outstanding on their resume. And I do mean truly outstanding not just interesting or unique. This was the situation in looking for lawyers in rural BC, Bay street is significantly more competitive. Do everything you can to get into a Canadian law school, or don't go to law school and consider different career options, there's a ton of other careers that are equal to or better than law
  11. The people that say that are generally law student hopefuls that have nothing to base that opinion on other than outdated news articles from before there where any TRU grads to judge. TRU students hold their own at all the Moots they participate in, our OCI hiring rates are on par with other law schools across Canada, our articling rates are on par with UBC and UVic. TRU produces capable lawyers just like every other law school in canada. Canada does not have a firm tier structure like the states does for law school and people need to stop trying to make it that way, its not how it works here. TRU has a holistic application process, which means that people with lower stats do have a better chance to get in but those lower stats will need to be countered with some other reason for the person to be admitted, something that proves you are still capable of performing at the level of the people with stronger stats. So while yes the school is more accessible to people with lower stats you really need to bring some else to the table if you want in. There is one major issue with TRU and that is the lack of notable alumni, which is due to the lack of graduates that have been in the workforce long enough to become partners at major firms. Also the tuition is high, I could do without that.
  12. BC's land title office uses online registration, we don't live in the dark ages on the west coast.
  13. https://www.cibc.com/en/student/student-lines-of-credit/professional-students.html sounds like he gave you the limit for the Nursing and Engineering version. Scotia generally has the best terms for law students I would give them a shot.
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