FAQs

 When is the application deadline for admission to TRU Law for September 2017?

Applications for admission completed by November 1, 2016 will be considered for early admissions and given priority consideration for scholarships. However, applications are considered on a rolling basis, and offers may be made in advance of this date. Thus, students are encouraged to submit complete applications as early as possible. Applications will be accepted until the final deadline date of February 10, 2017.

 How do I apply?

Visit the applications page for instructions on how to apply.

 What documents are needed in addition to my completed application form?

Visit the applications page for instructions on how to apply.

 How much is the application fee?

The application fee for Canadian students is $108.24 and is non-refundable.  You may pay the application fee by credit card only if you apply online.  Otherwise, a cheque or money order made payable to "Thompson Rivers Univesity - LAW" must accompany your application.  Further details are available on the applications page.

 Which category of admission should I select?

You may select from one of the following three categories of Admission: Aboriginal Applicant, Regular Applicant, or Special Consideration Applicant.

Aboriginal Applicant:

If you are an applicant of Aboriginal ancestry you may apply in either the Regular or the Aboriginal applicant category.

Regular Applicant:

A regular applicant has:

  1. Obtained an undergraduate degree in an approved course of study from a degree granting institution; or
  2. Successfully completed the first 3 years (minimum 90 credits) or more of an approved course of studies leading to an undergraduate degree from a degree granting institution.

Special Consideration Applicant:

Because of special circumstances in life, you may not satisfy one or more requirements of a regular applicant and may seek admission under the Special Consideration category. This category of admission usually requires supplemental documentation. Examples of special circumstances in life include: disability or special needs, financial disadvantage, age, membership in a historically disadvantaged group, residency in a small and/or remote community, or any other factors that you would ask the Admissions Committee to consider.

 How many years is the full-time JD program?

It is a 3 year degree program.

 How can an applicant prepare academically for law school? What courses should an applicant take in their undergraduate degree?

TRU Law accepts students into the faculty from a variety of academic disciplines, which creates an enriched and diverse environment in the law school. You can expect that students in your class will come from a variety of undergraduate, social, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds.

 Do I need to request a copy of my transcripts?

Yes. Only official transcripts will be accepted, and they must be mailed directly from the granting institution.

 Do I need to have a copy of my final winter grades sent in after I've already applied?

Please be sure to send your final grades earned up until December 31st of the year you apply in order for us to calculate your GPA.

 What is the last Law School Admission Test (LSAT) I can write to be considered for admission?

Your LSAT must be written by February of the year you apply for admission.

Our Admissions office will request your LSAT score(s) be forwarded directly from the Law Schools Admissions Council upon receipt of your completed application package.

 Does the Faculty of Law average multiple LSAT scores?

No.  Your highest LSAT score will be reported and considered when your application is reviewed. However, all scores are included in the application file for the admission committee member to view. A significant increase in score will be noted.

 How can an applicant register for the LSAT?

Registration to write the LSAT can be done online, by mail, or by phone. LSAT Information Books are available by calling the Law School Admissions Council office directly at tel: (215) 968-1001. For further information about the LSAT, contact lsacinfo@lsac.org or visit www.lsac.org.

 Are letters of reference required?

Yes. You will need three letters of reference. Reference letters should be one to two pages in length. All reference letters must be forwarded directly by the referees to the TRU Law Admissions Office (either by mail, with the referee's signature across the seal, to 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC, V2C 0C8 or by email to lawadmissions@tru.ca - please ensure your first and last name appear in the subject line).

Applicants are urged to provide two academic references with the third reference from a non-academic referee. If you are unable to provide two academic references, a brief note should be included in the application to explain why.

Non-academic references should be written by someone who has had interactions with you in a professional capacity. Examples of non-academic references include a current employer, a former employer or an individual from an organization that you have volunteered with. Applicants are encouraged to avoid non-academic references from family members.

 What should my personal statement say about me?

Through the personal statement, members of the admissions committee attempt to develop some insight into your history, experience, and character.

TRU Faculty of Law is interested in selecting excellent candidates who will thrive and succeed in law school and beyond. TRU law students and graduates have in a short time built a reputation as self-starting, resilient, collaborative and ethically-centred.

We are proud of a student body that is representative of Canada’s diverse population, and we produce graduates who serve communities throughout British Columbia and the nation. We are committed to improving access to legal education and legal services for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, and also for communities throughout the interior of the province.

We invite you to identify any ways in which your background, interests, and ambitions align with any of the objectives of the Faculty of Law and will contribute to the vibrant culture and continued success of the law school and its growing body of graduates. Your personal statement should be no longer than 750 words.

 Where will the classes be held?

All classes will be on the Thompson Rivers University campus in Kamloops, British Columbia. View our map.

 How much are tuition and fees?

$9,274.26 plus $821.33 additional fees for Fall term and $9,274.26 plus $573.33 additional fees for Winter term in the 2015/16 school year.

 When is payment of tuition and fees due?

Tuition for the Faculty of Law is due on August 30, 2017.

 What resources are available for students at TRU?
 What housing options are available for students at TRU?

There are many options for purchasing or renting off-Campus Housing here are some helpful sites:

Students interested in TRU’s On-Campus Housing should visit TRU Housing

 Where can I locate child care resources?

There are a number of options available in Kamloops for child care. Parents electing off-site day care options have a variety of alternatives in most communities. These are a few resources:

TRU offers an on-campus daycare centre.

 How do I qualify for financial aid?

Information about financial aid can be found at TRU Financial Aid, or by contacting the Financial Aid office at 250-828-5024.

 Are health services available on campus for students at TRU?

TRU Students have access to medical and health services on campus. The clinic on campus is located in the Old Main Building – Lower Level, Room OM1461 (250-828-5126). For further information about health related services, please visit TRU Health & Safety or TRUSU Health & Dental

 How do I find a family physician in Kamloops?

For a listing of Kamloops doctors accepting new patients, visit College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC or call the Royal Inland Hospital at 250-374-5111.

 Where are the walk in clinics located in Kamloops?
  • Kamloops Urgent Care Clinic, 4-910 Columbia Street West: 250-371-4905
  • Summit Medical Clinic, 4-1380 Summit Drive: 250-374-9800
  • North Shore Treatment Centre, 700 Tranquille Road: 250-554-4265
 What activities and events does the City of Kamloops and surrounding areas have to offer?