Lawyer trained outside of Canada
The NCA assesses the qualifications of all internationally trained legal graduates, whether they are Canadian citizens who have earned their legal education abroad, newcomers to Canada with an overseas legal education, or people thinking of immigrating to Canada.
Lawyer with a Canadian Civil Law Degree
If you received your legal education in either Quebec or the Canadian civil law program at the University of Ottawa – and you want to practise in a common law jurisdiction in Canada – you need to complete the NCA process. Only then can you apply to Canadian law societies in provinces and territories outside of Quebec.
Canadian considering studying abroad
Thinking of completing a law degree overseas? You may want to know what steps to take to become a lawyer in a common law province or territory in Canada before you go abroad. Completing the NCA’s process is just one step. Make sure you plan ahead by learning all you need to know about our process.
The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) assesses the legal education and professional experience of individuals who obtained their credentials outside of Canada or in a Canadian civil law program. Find out if you qualify to apply.
PROCESS One process nationwide
The NCA uses one standard of evaluation across the country. This means you can qualify to enter law society bar admissions programs in any Canadian common law jurisdiction by going through just one process. To do so, you must either have legal qualifications from another country or a Canadian civil law degree.