We advise all prospective students to review accreditation requirements in detail.
The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is a standing committee of the Law Societies of Canada. Its mandate is to assist law societies in Canada to protect the public interest by assessing the legal education and professional experience of individuals who obtained their credentials outside of Canada. This assessment is done before you apply for admission to a common law bar in Canada.
There is a five step process involved in each NCA assessment:
- Submit your application with required documentation and payment;
- The NCA reviews and assesses your application (6-8 weeks);
- The NCA notifies you of required examinations or deficiencies;
- Complete your assigned requirements; and
- Receive your Certificate of Qualification from the NCA.
Each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into account the specific elements of the applicant’s educational and professional background, as stated in NCA Policies. The NCA applies a uniform standard on a national basis so that applicants with common law qualifications obtained outside of Canada do not need to satisfy different entrance standards to practise law in the different provinces and territories of Canada.
When the NCA assessment is complete, a letter is sent to each applicant describing any further legal education that may be required to demonstrate that their legal education and training is comparable to that provided by an approved Canadian common law faculty.
Once the applicant has successfully completed the assigned requirements, the NCA issues a Certificate of Qualification. That certificate is required to apply to a Canadian law society in a common law jurisdiction.
The NCA requires that all applicants demonstrate competency in four courses that are specific to the Canadian jurisdiction.
- Foundations of Canadian Law
- Canadian Constitutional Law
- Canadian Administrative Law
- Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
All NCA students are given 5 years to complete the assessed exams to obtain a Certificate of Qualification. Further information is available on the NCA website.
Note: It is extremely important that you spend the necessary time reviewing the NCA requirements and assessment criteria. We will provide assistance but cannot stress enough the importance of understanding the qualification process.