COURSES Assistance for NCA students

These are optional programs you may take. They are not required by either the NCA or provincial law societies, and the NCA does not endorse them. We remind you that before you take a law school course, you must ask the NCA to approve it to make sure meets an NCA assignment.

Programs other than those listed below may be available at law schools to help you meet your requirements. However, not all of the approved Canadian law school programs accept NCA students. You must contact each law school to find out if a program accepts NCA students.

University of Alberta Internationally Trained Lawyer Program

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

The University of Alberta is pleased to announce the new Internationally Trained Lawyer Program, designed with the NCA to help students demonstrate competency in those subjects where the NCA commonly requires additional training. The NCA program at the University of Alberta offers courses taught by leading faculty, law practitioners and judges, and academic training in all core NCA subject areas, including but not limited to Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Foundations of Canadian Law, and Canadian Professional Responsibility. Visit the University of Alberta’s Internationally Trained Lawyer Program, or email for more information.

University of British Columbia Distance Learning Program

Peter A. Allard School of Law, Vancouver, BC

The Distance Learning Program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia consists of online, graduate-level law courses in Property Law, Canadian Public Law (Foundations of Canadian Law and Canadian Constitutional Law), Business Organizations, Canadian Criminal Law & Procedure and Torts. Designed to meet the needs of foreign-trained lawyers and law students completing their NCA requirements, these courses permit students to take UBC Law courses outside of a formal degree program and from anywhere in the world. Find program details and registration information on the Distance Learning Program’s web site. The NCA reminds you that distance education courses, such as those offered at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia will not meet the in-class requirement for NCA applicants who completed their LL.B./J.D. by distance education.

University of Calgary Foreign - Trained Lawyers Program

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

The Foreign Trained-Lawyers Program (FTLP) is a one-year Post-bachelor’s Certificate which will help you complete the educational requirements of the NCA. Required courses include Foundations of Canadian Law, Professional Development, Constitutional Law, Crime: Law & Procedure, Administrative Law, and Ethical Lawyering. The program includes a unique one-year course in professional development training (including professional writing and oral communication skills, writing resumes for articling positions, interviewing skills, marketing and promotion, networking events, and mentoring), student support and mentorship, and articling and career placement assistance, in order to provide a comprehensive pathway for you to integrate into the legal services market in Canada. Visit for more information or email  Please note this is a voluntary program, not required by the NCA or provincial law societies, nor endorsed by the NCA. NCA applicants are reminded that they must have NCA approval of all courses they wish to take at law school prior to starting the course.


Point First Legal Writing Academy

Created by the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, Point First Legal Writing Academy helps you improve your legal writing skills, whether you’re a student, lawyer, or teacher of writing.  It provides useful tips on how to craft memos, factums and briefs and effectively edit documents. You will also find helpful examples and exercises to apply and develop your writing skills.  To further enhance your writing ability, this resource also offers information on additional courses and seminars.

University of Toronto Global Professional Master of Laws Program

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

The Global Professional Master of Law (GPLLM) in Canadian Law in a Global Context is a 12-month executive-style Master of Laws (LLM) program that enables participants to work full-time while earning their degree.  The GPLLM program includes nine (9) courses designed to meet the National Committee on Accreditation’s Requirements for internationally trained lawyers, including the core subject areas (Foundations of Canadian Law, Professional Responsibility, Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Constitutional Law), and many others. Courses are taught by our full-time faculty, distinguished visiting faculty, and senior members of the bench and bar.  If you would like to learn more about the program, including the resources, support, and non-credit co-curricular activities offered in the program, please visit the GPLLM website, or sign up for one of our webinars.  You can also email the GPLLM Program at or call 416.978.1400 with any questions. Please note this is a voluntary program, not required by the NCA or provincial law societies, nor endorsed by the NCA. NCA applicants are reminded that they must have NCA approval of all courses they wish to take at law school prior to starting the course.

York University Professional Development Programs

Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, ON

OsgoodePD is pleased to announce that we have expanded our offerings to include a fully online NCA exam preparation program.  The courses are available on demand and you can work through them at your own pace.  Resources include sample questions and answers and the opportunity to submit a sample answer for evaluation.  Candidates living in Ontario may be eligible for our NCA Online Exam Prep Bridging Program, which includes a roadmap to licensure with timelines and career-related resources to help you through the licensing exams and articling or LPP process; an exam preparation and writing module that helps you with study and prep tips and key strategies for answering typical types of exam questions; and an NCA alumni network including discussion forums and contact information for previous participants who’ve successfully completed NCA exams. Other options for NCA candidates include our Canadian Common Law LLM program and LLM Single Course Enrollment.  Visit our International Lawyers and Law Graduates page for more information.