Internationally Trained or Educated Lawyers and Canadian Non-accredited Law School Graduates

The National Committee on Accreditation

Internationally trained or educated lawyers and graduates of a Canadian non-accredited law school must apply to The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) to have their law credentials evaluated before the candidate can enter the Lawyer Licensing Process.

The NCA is a standing Committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. It is made up of representatives from the Committee of Canadian Law Deans, members of the practising bar, and members involved with the administration of provincial law societies. The Committee evaluates the legal training and professional experience of persons with foreign or non-common law legal credentials and who seek admission to a Bar in Canada.

Candidates who seek to enter the Lawyer Licensing Process by way of a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NCA must apply to the NCA and submit their documented qualifications in law and experience in law for the Committee's evaluation. The Committee will determine what, if any, further studies the candidate must undertake to meet the equivalent of an approved LL.B./J.D. program at a Canadian university. In some cases, the candidate will be required to pass certain examinations and in other cases, the candidate will be required to successfully complete specified course credits at a law school.

The NCA may also refuse a Certificate of Qualification and, with or without a recommendation of advanced standing, require the candidate to graduate from an approved law course. For application forms and further information please visit The National Committee on Accreditation website.

Other Information

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U of T Internationally Trained Lawyers Program (ITLP)To apply for this voluntary bridge training program please visit the University of Toronto website.

Osgoode Professional Development's NCA Exam Prep Course is a voluntary program - To apply for this voluntary program please visit the York Universitywebsite.