Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway – NCA Accreditation

What is the National Committee on Accreditation

The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) assesses the legal credentials of all foreign trained lawyers to determine the additional qualifications required 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.

Foreign law graduates may satisfy their NCA requirements through the following:

  1. Successfully passing examinations administered by the NCA

  2. Successfully completing the assigned subjects at an approved Canadian law school

  3. Successfully completing a combination of these methods

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

You must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation to have your education and work experience assessed in order to receive a Certificate of Qualification. Upon obtaining a Certificate of Qualification, internationally trained lawyers are eligible to apply for admission to any provincial Common Law Jurisdiction Law Society in Canada and begin the articling process.

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

  1. NCA Candidate submits an application along with required documentation and payment.

  2. The NCA reviews the Candidate’s file and assesses their credentials.

  3. The NCA notifies the Candidate of assignments or deficiencies.

  4. NCA Candidate completes the assigned requirements.

  5. The NCA issues a Certificate of Qualification to the NCA Candidate.