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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 885 TRU LAW FACULTY NEWS By Bradford W. Morse* START TO THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR September is an especially exciting time in the life of a law school, as it is in every university more generally, since this is when we formally welcome our new students and welcome back returning upper-year students. I continue to be extremely impressed not only by the intellectual ability of our students, but also by the wonderful personalities they possess. Those students who first made the bold choice of coming to a brand new, and therefore fully unknown, faculty of law at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops in September 2011 were remarkable trailblazers. They had to be, as they had to create an identity for the law school and its students in the eyes of sceptical members of the profession. Virtually all of them came from outside of the Interior, so they arrived knowing no one here, including their soon-to-be classmates. What amazes me is how they quickly realized that to succeed they needed to band together as friends in a collegial, supportive manner. This somewhat of an “us-against-the-world-so-we’ll-show-them” attitude was also encouraged by the professors and administrative staff, as they sought to develop a credible law school quickly that would create a foundation for the excellent law school it could become. This early culture of TRU Law has continued to grow and blossom ever since. Each year the new law students undergo a “brainwashing” effort led by the returning students and endorsed by our now four years of alumni, an effort that I heartily applaud. Our upper-year students started a Facebook page last January specifically for the incoming class of 2020. As applicants accepted our offers of admission they were connected to our Society * Bradford W. Morse is the dean of law at the TRU Faculty of Law.


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