THE FIRST STEP:
Get your credentials assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) 

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 must first determine if there are requirements to obtain in order to practice.

The determination of these requirements is not done by the law school, instead it is done by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) entirely.

The NCA examines the qualifications of internationally-trained lawyers and issues assessments setting out the requirements a candidate must complete before she or he 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 and/or by passing the NCA’s challenge examinations.

To obtain an assessment, please contact:

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

Website: flsc.ca/national-committee-on-accreditation-nca/


 AFTER RECEIPT OF THE NCA ASSESSMENT:
Options at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law 

The Faculty of Law has two options for those who seeking  to complete NCA requirements, in accordance with their assessments:

  1. The Global Professional Master of Laws Program (GPLLM)
  2. Selected Courses in the JD Program

1.  The Global Professional Master of Laws Program (GPLLM)

The GPLLM program is an executive-style, twelve month (September to August) graduate degree focused on Canadian 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 is offered in four concentrations, each requiring the completion of ten courses.

In particular, the Canadian Law in a Global Context concentration provides five mandatory courses, and an additional five optional courses designed to meet the NCA's requirements for internationally-trained lawyers:

  • Mandatory 'Core' Courses
    1. Canadian Administrative Law 
    2. Canadian Constitutional Law 
    3. Canadian Criminal Law 
    4. Foundations of Canadian Law 
    5. Professional Responsibility

  • Additional Optional Courses
    1. Applied Legal Research & Writing
    2. Business Organizations
    3. Contract Law
    4. Property Law
    5. Tort Law

Depending on their NCA assessments, students may be able to complete both a graduate degree and their NCA requirements and the same time through this program. Additionally, the program provides numerous opportunities for participants to engage with faculty, guest speakers and industry experts.

Please click here for more information about the GPLLM program, including applications, fees and financial assistance. 
 

2.  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 www.lsuc.on.ca/licensingprocesslawyer as soon as possible to confirm procedures and deadlines.