The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) works with individuals who received their credentials outside of Canada or in a Canadian civil law program to assess their legal education and professional experience for accreditation to go through the Common Law bar admission process in Canada.
The NCA evaluates to the same standard across Canada, with the exclusion of Quebec. You can qualify to enter any Canadian common law jurisdiction law society's bar admissions program by going through just one process. To do this you must either have a Canadian civil law degree or a Common Law legal qualification from another country.
If you are thinking of completing a law degree overseas you should understand the process of becoming a Canadian lawyer and accrediting a foreign law degree when you return to Canada, before you go abroad. The NCA process is just one step between graduation and taking the bar exams, so make sure to speak to one of our SI-UK consultants to learn more.
Overview of the NCA Process:
- Application for Assessment = $450 CAD
- Send transcripts directly from your university to the NCA during the final semester of law studies, require complete transcripts
- $400 per exam x 5-7 exams
- No limit per sitting
- 3-hour open-book exams (pass 50%)
- Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton
- Results arrive 10-12 weeks after the exam
Mandatory 5 core NCA exams:
- Canadian Administrative Law
- Canadian Constitutional Law
- Canadian Criminal Law
- Foundations of Canadian Law
- Canadian Professional Responsibility – Business Organizations
+ Additional 2:
- Remedies, Torts, Business Operations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Taxation
Receive help with beginning your UK law degree pathway by contacting an SI-UK consultant!