Assessment review, reconsideration and appeal

If you think your assessment doesn’t accurately reflect your education and experience, you can:

  1. Request the NCA review your file

File reviews are for applicants who wish to submit information not included in their first application, and that they think might change their assessment results, or who think the assessment does not accurately reflect their education or experience.  The review can include documents related to their legal education, licensure or professional experience as a lawyer in a common law territory, or details about items that seem to have been missed by the NCA in reviewing your application for assessment.

If you want the NCA to review your file, within 30 days of receiving your assessment report, send us an e-mail asking for a file review.  Arrange to have your law school or licensing body send us any law degrees or licenses not included in your first assessment.

  1. Request the NCA reconsider your file

If you have completed more legal studies since your NCA Assessment Report and think they may satisfy some requirements, you may ask the NCA to reconsider your file.  E-mail us asking for file reconsideration and arrange to have your law school or licensing body send us any law degrees or licenses we need to reconsider your file.

  1. Appeal your assessment result

Before you appeal, please review the NCA Assessment Appeal Policy on page 18 of the NCA Policy Manual.  All details are provided in the policy.

Notice of intent to appeal

Send the NCA your notice of intent to appeal within 30 days of the date on your assessment report or of the date you receive a decision from a request for review or reconsideration.

If you do not hear from the NCA Executive Director within 14 days, the appeal will proceed. The Appeals Clerk will send you an e-mail asking you to confirm that you want the appeal to go ahead and outlining the appeal process and deadline.

Appeal on-line within 45 calendar days after the NCA gets confirmation of your intent to proceed with the appeal (by 23:59 ET).

On-line appeal

You must pay a fee of $280.00 CDN, plus taxes, to appeal your assessment. To do this, visit the NCA portal and follow these three steps:

  1. Select the “My Course Info” tab.
  2. Click on the heading “My Assessment.”
  3. Select the “Appeal” button at the top.

When you appeal online, you must submit one PDF file with a letter to the NCA telling us that you wish to appeal and the following:

  1. grounds for the appeal — you may include up to 20 pages outlining the grounds for appeal
  2. exhibits in support of your appeal — documents related to your education and professional training

The NCA will create an appeal panel, which will consider your appeal and make a decision based on your submission and the written documents in the file.

The appeal panel may either dismiss your appeal or grant it. In its decision, the panel may also reduce or add to what was required in your original assessment, or send your file to the Executive Director with instructions for a reassessment.

The NCA accepts credit card payment only.

The NCA forms appeal panels to consider any appeals received on or before the following dates each year: January 30, April 30, July 30, October 30.