Please be advised that the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) has approved a new Assessment policy, which is effective January 1, 2015. The new policy clarifies different aspects of the NCA Assessment process and brings the policy into compliance with the Federation’s National Requirement for Canadian Common Law Programs. Other NCA policies, including Assessment Appeal, are unchanged. The complete NCA policy document is available here. All NCA applications ready for assessment on or after January 1, 2015 will be assessed under the new policy.
Please be advised that NCA fees are being adjusted as follows: Effective October 1, 2014 the fee for an NCA Assessment will be $410 CD plus applicable taxes. Effective October 1, 2014 the fee for registration for each NCA examination (starting with those exams scheduled in January 2015) will be $315 CD plus applicable taxes. Effective November 7, 2014 the administration fee charged for exam deferrals or cancellations will be $55 CD plus applicable taxes. Effective October 1, 2014 the administration fee charged for all other NCA transactions not related to exams will be $55 CD plus applicable taxes. Please refer to the Advisories section of our web site at any time for any updates regarding the NCA, including examination registration dates and exam locations.
The NCA recently reviewed its policies with respect to the acquisition of competencies in the Canadian core subjects – Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law and Foundations of Canadian Law. The NCA has determined that all of these competencies must be acquired either at a Canadian law school or through the NCA exam process, without exception, in order to ensure fairness for all applicants. As a result of this decision the NCA is terminating an arrangement with Bond University in Australia under which courses in the core Canadian subjects taught at Bond are accepted as equivalent to those taught in Canadian law schools. To ensure an appropriate transition period, the NCA will continue to recognize as equivalent any of the Canadian courses successfully completed at Bond by any student who has been admitted to and commenced their legal studies at the university by January 2015, subject to sufficient academic performance (as detailed in NCA Assessment Policy 1.2.2.e).
The NCA has now posted revised syllabi for Commercial Law, Contracts, Civil Procedure (Ontario) and Civil Procedure (Alberta). These are available on the NCA section of the Federation of Law Societies web site here. The revised versions are for use in preparation for NCA exams scheduled after May 2014.
Please be advised that the Syllabi for all NCA Family Law subjects – Family Law (B.C.), Family Law (Alberta), and Family Law (Ontario) have been revised. The Syllabi for Foundations of Canadian Law, and Canadian Administrative Law have also been updated. All Syllabi, including those updated, are available here.