Thompson Rivers University apologizes for accepting law students then putting them on waitlist

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A number of students who were hoping to attend Thompson River's University law program this fall - are instead receiving apologies -- they have been told they have to wait because of unexpected demand. TRU Dean of Law Daleen Millard has more. – Jun 21, 2021

Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops is apologizing to 42 students who were initially accepted to attend the law school in September, but who have now been moved to the waitlist.

In a statement to Global News, spokesperson Todd Hauptman said it’s common for post-secondary institutions to accept more students than the seats in the program because some of those students eventually decide to go to school elsewhere.

However, he said due to unexpected and overwhelming demand, which is also being reported by other law schools across the country, 26 of the applicants who were sent acceptance letters have now been put on the waitlist for September.

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That number dropped from 42 due to applications withdrawing their submissions.

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There are 124 seats in first-year law at the university, and 283 offer letters were sent out, compared with 296 letters last year.

However, Hauptman explained more people have been accepting the entrance offers than in previous years.

He said there is typically some movement in spaces between now and the end of August, and it’s possible a seat may open up for those on the waitlist.

Editor’s note: TRU says there are actually 26 students waitlisted for law school, not the full 42, due to “expected withdraws.” The university said that number is also likely to change over the summer.

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