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canuckfanatic
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Graduated in 2020. Got to know the school/campus/city really well. Active in the alumni community. Hit me with your questions!

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Renerik
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How does TRU compare to other schools with regards to financial aid and scholarships?

I like the area and small class size but I have reservations regarding how new the school is and how few TRU grads are practicing compared to graduates from more established schools. Is this concern valid?

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Barry
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3 hours ago, Renerik said:

how few TRU grads are practicing compared to graduates from more established schools

I highly doubt that this is true. 

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Renerik
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2 minutes ago, MaxPower said:

I highly doubt that this is true. 

I might be making an incorrect assumption, but given their law school was founded in 2011, I suspect there are currently more practicing graduates from other schools simply because they've been pumping out lawyers for longer.

 

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Barry
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1 minute ago, Renerik said:

I might be making an incorrect assumption, but given their law school was founded in 2011, I suspect there are currently more practicing graduates from other schools simply because they've been pumping out lawyers for longer.

 

I see what you're saying. I thought you meant that TRU students end up not practicing at a higher rate. There is a smaller alumni network though for sure. 

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canuckfanatic
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8 hours ago, Renerik said:

How does TRU compare to other schools with regards to financial aid and scholarships?

I don't know much about TRU's financial aid/scholarship situation. If you haven't seen them, check out these links:

https://www.tru.ca/law/students/awards/bursaries.html

https://www.tru.ca/law/students/awards/awards.html

https://www.tru.ca/law/students/awards/course-prizes-and-awards.html

https://www.tru.ca/law/students/awards/external-awards.html

8 hours ago, Renerik said:

I like the area and small class size but I have reservations regarding how new the school is and how few TRU grads are practicing compared to graduates from more established schools. Is this concern valid?

It's not a concern at all if you're aiming to work in BC/Alberta or Toronto. A vast majority of TRU grads are in these two provinces, so you'll be able to rely on the alumni network there. In BC, for example, you'll find TRU alumni at every major firm. There are a number of grads in and around Toronto as well. You're far less likely to find TRU alumni in Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, etc.

That said, you don't necessarily need alumni connections to land jobs in those cities.

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Gerry Mander
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Does TRU have an environmental law program at all? Or anything pertaining to Indigenous law? 

I am also wondering what makes TRU so innovative, other than it being a fairly new law school?

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canuckfanatic
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7 hours ago, Gerry Mander said:

Does TRU have an environmental law program at all? Or anything pertaining to Indigenous law?

TRU doesn't have "programs" within the law school. There are a list of courses offered here: https://www.tru.ca/law/students/courses.html (but not all of these courses are offered every semester - some are offered every other year or based on student demand).

On the list you'll see:

  • Environmental Law
  • Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Law
  • Comparative and International Indigenous Rights
  • Public Lands and Natural Resources Law
  • Transnational Lawyering: Social Justice, Communities & Resources
  • and "Selected Topics" which vary regularly (the school runs annual student surveys to determine which courses should be added the following year)
7 hours ago, Gerry Mander said:

I am also wondering what makes TRU so innovative, other than it being a fairly new law school?

Innovative is a buzz word that every university uses, take it with a grain of salt whenever you see it. Granted, from my experience TRU has been very good at offering forward-thinking courses that are hard to find elsewhere. Courses like Designing Legal Systems, which involves designing and developing systems/programs/apps to aid in access to justice. Students involved with this course have done externships with BC's Civil Resolution Tribunal where they were able to contribute to the CRT's online system.

TRU was also the first school in Canada to offer a course on In-House & Corporate Counsel.

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I know everyone's been talking about a second screen / monitor but just wondering do you guys have a computer at home with 2 screens or do you connect your laptop to a second screen? What's more common / useful? 

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norms
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1 hour ago, jr6940 said:

I know everyone's been talking about a second screen / monitor but just wondering do you guys have a computer at home with 2 screens or do you connect your laptop to a second screen? What's more common / useful? 

I'll be bringing my laptop and connecting it to a 32" monitor 

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canuckfanatic
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On 7/15/2021 at 10:38 PM, jr6940 said:

I know everyone's been talking about a second screen / monitor but just wondering do you guys have a computer at home with 2 screens or do you connect your laptop to a second screen? What's more common / useful? 

I think most people just connect their laptop to a monitor. Use your laptop as the primary screen.

If you don't mind spending more money, you can get two external monitors and connect your laptop to a dock that effectively converts it to a desktop (and connect a mouse and keyboard to that dock). I had this set up for a previous job and I liked it, but docks are $200 and another screen would be $200, plus the external mouse and keyboard.

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