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  1. I can't speak to the relative merits of either. When I chose a law school, neither one was on my radar. BUT I would like to mention that I disagree with the above posters on this entirely. I don't think TRU is an "easy choice". In my view, the home market advantage doesn't hold to the same extent when you're talking about a relatively new school and a disaggregated area. TRU does not have a clearly superior connection to all rural areas in BC/AB. I would imagine it would have some connection to some firms in some small centers, but there will be many, many areas that it has no connection to. I doubt TRU gives you an edge in Medicine Hat. Or Fort McMurray. Or Camrose. etc. (The only advantage I can see is that they are within a one day drive of the campus.) Layer the tuition difference on top and I think the decision is increasingly murky, especially considering the salaries paid in rural areas. If you can save tens of thousands of dollars by choosing Windsor, it's worth a look. And if Windsor has a significant advantage in class selection in the area you're interested too, then its definitely worth a look. Weigh it out considering all the relevant criteria. Maybe you find that TRU ends up feeling right. But maybe you choose Windsor, and if you do, I don't think you're any worse off. Best of luck.
  2. It won't make you into Scalia, but I found Stephen King's On Writing, to be an informative and fun read. It's 50% autobiography and 50% tips on writing. I don't much care for his books, but his writing is spellbinding.
  3. Hey, I will be dealing with this issue in June/July most likely. What's the best way to go about finding a good roommate in the Faculty? Facebook groups, perhaps?
  4. Just my .02: Kamloops is no prize. If you come from somewhere especially lacking (I'm looking at you Brandon, MB, Regina, SK) then Kamloops might be ok. Not the best, but certainly in the same league as those places. But if you come from somewhere with even modest amenities (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg, etc), Kamloops might suck. It depends what you're into, but I don't love Kamloops. Its like a poor, ugly Kelowna without the lake.
  5. I am just guessing, but probably not. The difference between a 151 and a 161 (their average successful LSAT score) is huge. Its a jump from the 48th percentile of test takers to the 82nd percentile. I would assume that even with exceptional EC's (like you spent time as a UN delegate for a European country) and perfect grades, it might still be a long shot. If that is you, then spend time studying for the LSAT and add some point to that. See if you can push it even as high as 158.
  6. Let me get this straight... You want to become a lawyer but you're concerned that the newfound responsibilities that come from ensuring your wellbeing will be "overwhelming"? Jeez... If you are staying at home to limit the cost of going to school, that's understandable. But if you're staying at home because you're scared that it will be too much to feed yourself, pay your bills, and study, then I think the practice of law (and all the responsibilities that come with it) will definitely be too much to handle. You're an adult and you are obviously a capable student. You can rise to the challenge. You will be just fine, I promise. In fact, just a brief story to illustrate that: I moved out at 16 and spent my entire senior year of high school living in Calgary, over 300km away from my parents. I worked almost 40 hours a week while attending high school. Today, nine years later, I'm going to law school. Trust me when I say you can do it.
  7. I recently had a similar conversation with a director of the Law Society of Alberta. We were talking about the market in Calgary. She said that, while there is definitely a feeling of malaise in Calgary, not to worry as students are still finding jobs. Over 350 students found articles in the city last year.
  8. Calgary is worth a look as well. The tuition is competitive (~$12,500) and they offer a differential tuition bursary. And the cost of living is attractive as well, especially if you're comparing it on a value basis rather than a nominal one. Calgary, to me, offers far more to residents than Winnipeg and (I assume) Fredericton.
  9. Wow, just read the rest of the banter here... Wow, did it ever get out of hand quick. My apologies for opening the door to such a bitter conversation. The purpose of the thread, as I had intended it, was to gain some insight into the place I would be spending my next few years and tens of thousands of dollars. Not once did I mention that I would be "basing my decision" on the looks of the school. But even then, how many of the naysayers here have spent $60K on something sight unseen? My guess is few. I'm just trying to get excited for what the future holds. That said, there is clearly interest in the topic. Several people indicated that they too would be interested in seeing the inside of the building. For those of you that participated in good faith, thank you. And for those that didn't... get a grip, would you?
  10. That is critical feedback! Outlets are crucial! Haha
  11. I toured Queen's in January. The law building is quite nice. Best part, as far as I could tell, is that they opened a new study space/library that has key card access so that law students have a space to use that is entirely theirs. No SNAILs allowed.
  12. I wish I could. I'm in British Columbia and I (likely) won't have a break in my schedule that would accommodate a trip to Ontario.
  13. I am trying to make a decision on what school to attend. I am curious about the facilities at Western. What is the law building like? Would any current students be willing to share a snap or two (maybe in a pm)? Some schools (like Calgary, for example) have full video tours online, but best I can find of Western's law building are a few cropped photos of the exterior.
  14. Imagine a student received a considerable entrance scholarship, 20K or so. How important or valuable is that scholarship on their resume in their 1L , 2L, and articling job search? Would something like that really blow a recruiter's hair back? Or is it more like a "huh, that's neat--well done. Now moving on.." My (uninformed) guess is that in the 1L summer recruit it might be a game changer, but the value would fade quickly into the 2L year and beyond, once recruiters have some classes to go off?
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