Internationally Trained Lawyer Program – NCA Accreditation

What is the NCA?

The National Committee of Accreditation (NCA) determines the additional qualifications foreign trained lawyers require to practice law in Canada. The NCA is managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and is independent from Canadian universities. In its assessment, the NCA will determine what additional educational requirements must be fulfilled in order to receive a Certificate of Qualification and be eligible to apply to article and practice law in Canada.

You must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) and have your education and work experience assessed in order to receive your Certificate of Qualification. Once you have a Certificate of Qualification, you are eligible to apply for admission to any provincial common law jurisdiction Law Society in Canada.

The Internationally Trained Lawyers Initiative at the University of Alberta was designed with assistance from the NCA, to help students demonstrate competency in commonly required NCA Assessment courses. With guidance from the NCA Coordinator, NCA Candidates enroll in select courses at the Faculty of Law to meet the NCA’s requirements.

Foreign law graduates can satisfy NCA requirements either:

  1. By passing examinations administered by the NCA, or

  2. By successfully completing the assigned subjects at an approved Canadian law school, or

  3. By a combination of these methods.

There is a five step process involved in each NCA assessment, as illustrated:

1) You submit your application with required documentation and payment.
2) The NCA reviews and assesses your credentials;
3) The NCA notifies you of assignments or deficiencies;
4) You complete your assigned requirements; and
5) The NCA issues a Certificate of Qualification.