TRU Law is committed to reconciliation, a process that has specific importance in the field of law. As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission wrote, reconciliation requires Canadian law to become
…an instrument supporting Aboriginal peoples’ empowerment… A commitment to truth and reconciliation demands that Canada’s legal system be transformed. It must ensure that Aboriginal peoples have greater ownership of, participation in, and access to its central driving forces.
Reconciliation includes increasing the number of Indigenous lawyers in the legal profession. At TRU Law, this means Indigenous applicants have access to a distinct category of admission. This category is meant to encourage Indigenous applicants and bring awareness of Indigenous experiences into the admissions review process.
Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, including First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit, and Métis, may apply under the Indigenous Canadian category.
Applicants in this category will be assessed for their academic success potential. TRU Law recognizes that past academic and LSAT performance may not be the only or best way to evaluate a candidate's ability to succeed, particularly in light of Indigenous access to education in Canada and education outcomes generally.
Applicants in this category may be admitted based on LSAT score and past academic performance, but may also receive consideration with particular attention to personal history as it relates to past academic performance, connections to Indigenous communities and organizations, employment history, and other factors and indicators of potential for future academic success. Applicants in this category should ensure such factors are described and discussed in the "statement of interest" and "additional statement" portions of their applications.
Indigenization at the Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law has had a 100 per cent completion rate since it opened in 2011. Its goal is to attract more Indigenous students. The faculty takes first-year students to a day at the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation to tour the former residential school and hear from survivors. Second-year students have gone to Pipsell Lake and heard from Secwépemc teachers about land issues and the proposed mine that would have affected the lake. A similar experience for third-year students is next.
Indigenous students at TRU Law will find a welcoming environment. TRU offers cultural and educational support services to Indigenous students, creating a sense of community regardless of whether you are from Secwepemcúlucw or elsewhere. For more information on being an Indigenous student at TRU, visit the Indigenous TRU website.
Within the law school, you will find student groups, initiatives, courses, and course content that welcomes you and advances your knowledge and awareness of Indigenous issues. Examples include the TRC Days, participation in the national Kawaskimhon Moot, and a strong Indigenous Law Students’ Association that is actively involved in shaping student experiences at the faculty.