Process for Internationally Educated Lawyers

Process for

Internationally Educated Lawyers


Candidates who have not obtained an LL.B. or a J.D. from an accredited Canadian Law School must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) to have their law credentials evaluated before submitting an application for admission.

The National Committee on Accreditation is a standing committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.  The mandate of the NCA is to help Canada's law societies protect the public interest by assessing the legal education and professional experience of individuals who obtained their credentials outside of Canada or in a Canadian civil law program. The assessment is based on the academic and professional profile of each individual applicant.

Candidates must apply and submit their documented qualifications in law and experience for the Committee’s evaluation.   The Committee will determine what, if any, further studies the candidate must undertake to meet the equivalent of an approved LL.B/J.D program at a Canadian university.  In some cases, the candidate will be required to pass examinations and/or complete specified course credits at a Canadian law school. 


Contact The National Committee on Accreditation for additional information.