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If you want to practice law in Canada, you will need to get accredited by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) and become a member of the Law Society of your province. Check out this video and read through the guide below to learn more about the accreditation process.

1. Apply for Certificate of Qualification


The NCA assesses each application on an individual basis, taking into account legal education and professional experience, and determines what further education is required.

Usually, applicants from a common-law jurisdiction are asked to take a number of NCA challenge exams or equivalent courses at a Canadian law school. Applicants from a non-common law jurisdiction, who have had minimal or no exposure to common law, are usually required to obtain a Canadian LLB/JD degree.

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2. Fulfill Your Requirements and Obtain a Certificate of Qualification


There are various university programs and study groups on social media sites to help you complete your NCA exams and law school courses requirement. Upon successful fulfillment of your requirements, the NCA will issue you a Certificate of Qualification.



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3. Apply to a Law Society


With your NCA Certificate of Qualification in hand, you must then apply for student-at-law status with the Law Society of your province. In Alberta, you will be required to complete a one-year articling process (with one or multiple principals) and a six-month CPLED program. Both requirements can be completed at the same time. If you have prior legal experience in another jurisdiction, you may apply for abridgment of the articling term.


4. Fulfill Your Requirements and Become a Member


Following successful completion of articling and CPLED, you may apply to become a member of the Law Society.

CRIEC has several no-cost strategies to help you as you navigate the accreditation process—including mentoring, workshops, and observerships in legal workplaces and more.


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