Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway – NCA Accreditation

Application For Admission To the Law Society of Alberta

Following the successful completion of the accreditation process, the next stage is to apply for, and successfully complete, the lawyer licencing process through the relevant Common Law Jurisdiction Provincial Law Society. In Alberta, the governing body for lawyers is the Law Society of Alberta.

In Alberta, once NCA requirements are met and the Certificate of Qualification has been sent to the Law Society, you must apply for student-at-law status with the Law Society. The requirements and forms are located here. You will need to complete the articling process. This involves finding a lawyer to article with for a 12-month period. In Alberta, students-at-law must complete the CPLED program which is a six-month bar admission course and can be completed at the same time as your articles. CPLED is run by the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA) and all documentations can be found on their website.