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The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is a standing committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. We help Canada’s law societies protect the public interest by making sure that anyone who earned their legal education and training outside of Canada has knowledge of Canadian law similar to that offered by an approved Canadian common law degree program.

We accomplish this through a process that first assesses an individual’s unique academic training and professional experience, and then, using a uniform standard as a guide, assigns exams or law studies to fill the individual’s knowledge gaps.

In 2017, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada reviewed the NCA process and improved how it functions as part of its commitment to excellence in the delivery of its programs and services.

The Federation The Federation of Law Societies of Canada

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is the national coordinating body of Canada’s 14 provincial and territorial law societies. The societies regulate more than 136,000 lawyers and 4,200 Quebec notaries and Ontario’s nearly 10,600 licensed paralegals in the public interest.


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Every lawyer in Canada and notary in Quebec is required by law to be a member of a law society and be governed by its rules. Each law society is established by provincial and territorial law, with a mandate to ensure that people in its jurisdiction are served by legal professionals who meet high standards of competence and professional conduct.