Canada’s newest law school, at Thompson Rivers University, is entering its second year this fall, and despite growing pains, has established a positive reputation in Kamloops and the rest of BC.
TRU Law dean Chris Axworthy was interviewed in the TRU student newspaper, Omega:
“What we hear from lawyers across the province [is that] people are impressed with what we’ve achieved.” But that was no easy feat. “Trying to establish law school at TRU has been an enormous challenge,” Axworthy said. Everything from establishing salaries for new staff to admission for students through the registrar came with difficulty. “At every turn, we’ve had challenges at this university … We have had significant success outside the university. All of our challenges have been within the university.”
In the same article, TRU Society of Law Students president Robert Fischer notes that there is great camaraderie amongst the students, and “that the Kamloops law community has been excellent to the school, providing opportunities to network with those already in the field.”
Students are also patiently awaiting the completion of of renovations to the law school’s eventual home, the Old Main Building. According to Kampoops This Week, “The addition to the building will include one-and-a-half new floors, complete with a law library, classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, learning spaces — and even a moot court to be used for simulated legal proceedings.”
The renovations, which faced a setback when heavy rains in July wreaked havoc on the aging building, are scheduled to be complete in time for the school’s third intake of law students in September 2013.