The advantages of law education in a small city

March 7, 2012

Having a law school in a smaller centre has its advantages, says the founding dean of Thompson Rivers University's new law school. Many local bar members volunteer as mentors and students have close contact with faculty. The law student society president muses on the quality of life in Kamloops, pointing to the area's incomparable natural beauty and the many recreational pursuits available. One primary goal in locating the law school in Kamloops was to draw new lawyers to the area and entice them to settle there or in nearby communities. The curriculum reflects the needs and issues lawyers in the BC interior would likely encounter. Like TRU, Lakehead University plans to focus on issues of importance to regional and local communities when it opens its law school next year. Lakehead president Brian Stevenson says the school will actively recruit Northern students, and hopes the institution's high percentage of Aboriginal students will be reflected in the composition of the law school's student population. University Affairs