Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law

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Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law
TRU Law logo.png
Chancellor Wally Oppal, Q.C.
Dean Chris Axworthy, Q.C.
Location Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Sport Teams Thompson Rivers WolfPack
Affiliations University of Calgary Faculty of Law
Website TRU Law

Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law is the graduate school of law of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.


TRU Faculty of Law officially opened to students on September 6, 2011 with a first year class of 75 students and 10 faculty members.[1] The ceremonial opening was attended by several dignitaries, including the Honourable Chief Justice Lance Finch, former BC Attorney General Wally Oppal, Q.C., and CBA BC Chapter President Sharon Matthews, among many others.[2]

The Brown Family House of Learning, current home of the law school.


The Faculty of Law is currently housed in the Brown Family House of Learning.

Old Main Revitalization[edit]

Beginning in 2012, the Faculty of Law will be housed in the expanded and remodeled Old Main building. Old Main's revitalization is inspired by the region’s most prominent landmarks (notably Mt. Peter and Paul), and will add 40,000 square feet of learning, library and student spaces.[3]

Affiliation With the University of Calgary[edit]

TRU Law adopted University of Calgary's Faculty of Law curriculum upon its opening in Fall 2011.[4] According to former U of C Faculty of Law Dean Alastair Lucas, the U of C's focus on natural resources, energy, and environmental law is "uniquely suited to academic priorities at TRU and we are excited to provide them together with a program that focuses on practical legal skills instruction."[5]




The TRU campus with Brown Hall viewable on the right.


Student Organizations[edit]

The primary student organization is the TRU Society of Law Students. Established in October 2011, the Society has adopted a series of strategic priorities aimed at enriching and supporting the student experience.[6] A number of clubs have been established under the TRU SLS banner, including the TRU South Asian Law Students Association, TRU Indigenous Law Students Association, and Black Law Students' Association.[7] There are also a number of law student-comprised sports teams that compete in the various TRU recreation leagues.

The Faculty of Law also participates in the CBA BC Branch's student mentorship program. This program is designed to match law students with lawyers willing to share their experience and insight into the practice of law.[8]


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