Establishing National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Requirements

Applicants with law degrees from other countries or a civil law degree from the province of Quebec who are seeking to qualify to practice law in a common law province in Canada should first consult the National Committee on Accreditation by writing to:

National Committee on Accreditation (NCA)
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
World Exchange Plaza
1810-45 O'Connor St.
Ottawa ON K1P 1A4

The NCA examines the qualifications of internationally trained lawyers and issues assessments setting out the requirements an applicant must complete before he or she is qualified to enter the Lawyer Licensing Process in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. In many cases, the NCA will require candidates to successfully complete specified subjects either by taking particular courses at a Canadian law school or by passing the NCA’s challenge examinations.

NCA Options at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law 

The Faculty of Law has three options for those who are required to complete NCA requirements:

  1. The Global Professional Master of Laws Program
  2. The Internationally Trained Lawyers Program (ITLP)
  3. Selected Courses in the JD Program

1.  The Global Professional Master of Laws Program

The GPLLM program is an executive-style, twelve month graduate degree focused on Canadian business law from an international global perspective. Classes are held one evening a week and on occasional weekends, and are taught by a combination of distinguished faculty and experienced practitioners. The GPLLM program includes five courses designed to meet the NCA's requirements for internationally trained lawyers:

  • Canadian Administrative Law 
  • Canadian Constitutional Law 
  • Canadian Criminal Law 
  • Foundations of Canadian Law 
  • Professional Responsibility

Depending on their NCA assessments, students may be able to complete both a graduate degree and their NCA requirements through the same program. Please click here for more information about the GPLLM program, including applications, fees and financial assistance. 

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2.  The Internationally Trained Lawyers Program (ITLP)

The ITLP is a multi-faceted program specifically designed for internationally trained lawyers. The program includes:

  • Preparation courses for students writing NCA challenge exams
  • Legal research and writing and legal technology courses
  • Profession-specific language assessment and training
  • Career counseling, employment programming, and the opportunity for internships in law firms, government offices and other legal workplaces
  • Workshops on cultural fluency and Canadian workplace norms
  • Preparation courses for the Ontario licensing exams

Certain courses may also be available to students outside the Toronto area through distance learning. Please click here for more information about the ITLP, including applications, fees and financial aid.  

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3.  Selected Courses in the JD Program

Internationally trained lawyers may also apply to take certain courses in the JD program at the Faculty of Law to fulfill their NCA requirements.

Please click here for more information about taking courses in the JD program as an NCA student.

Articling Placement Schedule in Ontario

National Committee on Accreditation applicants should note that interviews for articling placement in Ontario generally take place during the summer one full year prior to the start of the placement. Applicants are advised to contact the Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admissions Course (416.947.3300) or on-line at as soon as possible to confirm procedures and deadlines.

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