Beyond the Classroom: Engagement in Social, Academic, and Community Life
Our SLS Sports & Clubs Coordinator, Events Coordinator, and Class Representatives are responsible for all student social affairs throughout the year.
Our Sports & Clubs Rep works to coordinate our existing intramural teams and students clubs, as well as to support and assist new student initiatives and programs. In addition to our permanent teams and clubs, law students also organize a team to send to the annual Law Games Tournament in January.
Our events coordinator works with the event planning committee to organize all social events, from an extensive scavenger hunt throughout Kamloops during our Orientation week to ad-hoc winter tobogganing or pub nights.
Simultaneously, our three Class Reps work to foster our student culture and encourage engagement. From ordering our clothing line to acting as the forefront for students to contact, our Class Reps are our school spirit cheerleaders and our students’ fill-in best friend all in one!
ACADEMICS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The SLS Academic Rep represents student interests on faculty committees and works on providing services, resources, and support for academic issues. In addition, the SLS is responsible for the appointment of students to other school committees, such as the curriculum and admissions committees.
Throughout the year, a number of professional development events are hosted including interview tips and practice nights and Q&A sessions on academic success. Students also attend various CBA and Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) networking events. Additionally, the Articling Committee host discussion panels inviting speakers from the legal community to discuss traditional and non-traditional legal careers.
Our Health and Wellness Rep also works through the year to provide information on stress management, programs such as free yoga and massages, and hosts faculty-wide fitness competitions to keep our students’ bodies and minds healthy!
Many of our student associations and clubs work on various events aimed at involving TRU Law students with their local community.
In September the Golf Committee organizes and runs the annual TRU Law Golf Tournament, sponsored by local businesses and associations. This student-run initiative aims to bring together the local legal community and TRU Law, for a fun and charitable tournament. This event also takes advantage of the many spectacular golf courses that can be found in Kamloops.
The TRU Law “Day of Caring” sees TRU Law students partake in the local volunteer PIT Stop Meal Program. Students spent the day preparing and serving hot meals to 120 people in need from the Kamloops community.
TRU Law participates annually in Movember as “McLachlin’s Moustachioed Men.” The 2013 campaign finished with just over $9000, the third highest amount raised for all law schools in Canada.
December brings the Santa Swimsuit Run Fundraiser, which features students and faculty running through the streets of downtown Kamloops wearing only Santa hats and festive bathing suits. In 2013, over $2000 was raised to buy toys for children staying in the Kamloops hospital over the Christmas holidays.