OLSAS – National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Applicants

If you complete a law degree in Quebec or in a foreign jurisdiction and wish to be admitted to the practice of law in Ontario, you must apply for an assessment of the equivalency of your legal studies to a Canadian common law degree program. If you have also requested a World Education Services (WES) evaluation, you should request that NCA include a copy of this evaluation in the report they send to OLSAS.

Applications of this nature are made to the NCA, which has been established by the Council of Canadian Law Deans and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

The NCA applies a uniform standard on a national basis so that applicants with common law qualifications obtained outside of Canada or with civil law training in Canada, do not need to satisfy different entrance standards to practice law in the different provinces and territories of Canada.

Once a file is assessed by the NCA, an applicant may be asked to complete 1 or more exams and/or attend and complete specific law school courses within a prescribed time frame. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the NCA issues a Certificate of Qualification which can be used to apply to commence the bar admissions process in a Canadian common law jurisdiction.

Contact the Committee in advance to verify application deadlines:

National Committee on Accreditation
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
World Exchange Plaza
1810‑45, O’Connor Street
Ottawa ON  K1P 1A4
Telephone: 613-236-1700
Email: nca@flsc.ca