Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway – NCA Accreditation

Frequently Asked Questions

How many courses can I take?

Students may take up to a maximum of 10 courses within an academic year or 35 credits, whichever comes first.

How long is the Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway?

The duration is individual and depends on the NCA Assessment Report. Most students choose to complete the bulk of their classes in one academic year (September to April). Some students choose to take any remaining requirements through NCA examinations; others choose to re-apply as an NCA Special Student for a second year.

Will I receive a degree?

This is a non-degree pathway. The U of A transcripts can be used to apply to future degree programs or to apply for the NCA Certificate of Qualification.

What is the cost to be an NCA Special Student?

The tuition fees are assessed at $40,000 per academic year (September to April). Any non-instructional fees from the university are not included in the tuition.

What are non-instructional fees?

These are fees that all University of Alberta students are required to pay. A breakdown of the fees can be found here.

Can I extend my participation for one or two semesters to complete more courses?

Students who which to continue in the pathway for a second year are required to re-apply for the additional year and pay all associated fees.

What do I receive upon completion?

Students receive U of A transcripts which can be used towards fulfilling the NCA Assessment requirements to receive a Certificate of Qualification. After receiving the Certificate of Qualification, NCA Candidates can apply for articling positions at any Provincial Common Law Jurisdiction Law Society in Canada.