Exam outlines and samples

NCA applicants study on their own for the NCA exams (i.e. without help from the NCA). You are also responsible for getting your own study materials and developing your strategy for studying. If you need help, you can hire a private tutor or some other study service.

The NCA provides several ways to help you prepare for NCA online exams. One is a practice examThe practice exam, allows you to try out the functions or operating features of our online exam platform. The questions you see are examples only. They will not appear in an actual NCA online exam. This test site is available to you at any time.

The NCA offers sample exams for each subject. The text Sample Exam next to each subject links to a PDF that includes samples of questions asked.  Exam outlines (also known as a syllabi) for each subject are revised as required. We may update them from time to time without notice. At the end of each document is a list of publishers and resources you can contact to buy or access the texts you need. You may also buy them from a law school bookstore, or other bookstore, or find them online. If you prefer, you may even borrow the material from a law library. To access the outline (syllabus) for an exam, click on the exam title below.

For help on how to write our exams, we suggest you review the NCA guide How to Answer Fact-based Law Exam Questions and our sample exams.

Business Organizations (Revised October 2023)Sample Exam
Canadian Administrative Law (April 2023)Sample Exam
Canadian Constitutional Law (January 2023 version)Sample Exam
Canadian Criminal Law (June 2024 version)Sample Exam
Canadian Professional Responsibility (March 2023 version)Sample Exam
Civil Procedure (2022 version)Sample Exam
Commercial Law (August 2023 version)Sample Exam
Contracts (April 2023 version)Sample Exam
Evidence (February 2022 version)Sample Exam
Family Law (Canada) (2023-2024 version)Sample Exam
Foundations of Canadian Law (2024 version)Sample Exam
Property (2021 version)Sample Exam
Remedies (2024 version)Sample Exam
Taxation (2022 version)Sample Exam
Torts (February 2022)Sample Exam
Tips for Writing NCA Torts Exam 
Trusts (January 2020 version)Sample Exam