Master of Laws (Common Law) - National Committee on Accreditation (NCA)

The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is the body charged with determining the additional qualifications required for foreign-trained lawyers to practice law in Canada. It is run by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, independent from Canadian universities. Contact information, and details on the accreditation process, can be found on the NCA's website.

If you obtained your law degree outside of Canada and wish to practice law in Canada, you must apply to the NCA to have your education and work experience assessed. In its assessment, the NCA will determine what additional training you require in order to be eligible to practice law in Canada. The LLM CL Program has been designed in consultation with the NCA to help students demonstrate competency in those subjects where the NCA commonly requires additional training. As an LLM CL student, you may select courses at the Allard School of Law to help you meet the NCA's requirements while you also complete a master's degree.

It is the applicant's responsibility to apply to the NCA and to arrange for completion of the NCA's requirements if he or she wishes to practice law in Canada. However, please note that applying to the NCA is not a requirement for admission to, or successful completion of, the LLM CL Program.

The LLM CL Program is voluntary and is neither required by the NCA or provincial law societies, nor is it endorsed by the NCA.