Become a Practising Lawyer in Canada.

OsgoodePD offers the broadest range of programs in Canada for internationally-trained lawyers and law graduates interested in becoming accredited to practise law in one of the common-law jurisdictions in Canada (that is, all provinces and territories other than Quebec). 

Let us help you find the right program option. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information on this page contains OsgoodePD’s non-binding interpretations of how the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) requirements apply to the main categories of candidates and is up to date as of March 2021. The NCA is an independent regulator and candidates are responsible for reviewing its requirements and determining how those requirements apply to them individually, including obtaining approval to satisfy NCA requirements by taking courses or an LLM program.

   

I am a lawyer/law graduate from outside Canada and have my NCA assessment.

I am a lawyer/law graduate from outside Canada and do not have my NCA assessment yet.

If you’re actively looking to become accredited, we recommend applying for your NCA assessment right away.  Your assessment will set out specifically what you need to do to become accredited.   

If you’re looking to apply to or start an academic program in the meantime, you can apply to a Professional LLM without an NCA assessment.  For a Single Course Enrollment application, an NCA assessment is required. 

Here is some general information on assessments for our most frequently encountered profiles: 

  1. Graduate entry/two year LLB graduates from common law jurisdiction:  generally permitted to write NCA challenge exams or take courses at a Canadian law school; usually require 7 subjects (Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Professional Responsibility, Foundations of Canadian Law, plus 2 additional) 
  2. Three-year LLB program from a common law jurisdiction:  generally permitted to write NCA challenge exams or take courses at a Canadian law school; if you have at least 2 years’ pre-law-school university education, usually requires 5 core subjects (Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Professional Responsibility, Foundations of Canadian Law); if you do not have pre-law-school university education, usually requires some additional subjects 
  3. Five-year combined Bachelor’s & Law degree from a common law jurisdiction:  generally permitted to write NCA challenge exams or take courses at a Canadian law school; usually requires 5 mandatory subjects (Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Professional Responsibility, Foundations of Canadian Law) 
  4. Law degree from a hybrid jurisdiction (such as Scotland, Israel, the Philippines):  generally permitted to write NCA challenge exams or take courses at a Canadian law school; usually require all 8 core subjects (Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Professional Responsibility, Foundations of Canadian Law, Contracts, Property, Torts). 
  5. Law degree from a civil law jurisdiction:  generally require 8 core subjects (Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Professional Responsibility, Foundations of Canadian Law, Contracts, Property, Torts); generally must take at least four of these at a Canadian law school before having the option to complete the remainder through challenge exams or courses 
  6.  Distance-education LLB, or less than 2 years of in-person law education:  generally must complete the equivalent of 2 years of law school, in which you complete the 8 core subjects (Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Professional Responsibility, Foundations of Canadian Law, Contracts, Property, Torts). 

I am currently enrolled in a law school outside Canada.

You will be able to apply for your NCA assessment as you approach completion of your law degree.  You will need to send the NCA your final transcript and proof that you have been awarded your law degree in order to receive your assessment.  For help in determining what your assessment is likely to require, see the “I am a lawyer/law graduate from outside Canada and do not have my NCA assessment yet” section, above. 

If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree or graduate diploma after your law degree, you may apply in your last year of your law degree, as long as your degree will be conferred before your graduate program begins.  See the Academic Programs tab for more information. 

I am interested in attending law school.

In order to practise law in Canada you must have a qualifying law degree from Canada, or you must take a law degree outside Canada and then go through the process required by the National Committee on Accreditation.   

Osgoode Hall Law School offers a Juris Doctor program for those interested in pursuing a career in law.

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