NCA Advisory Archive - 2017

Changes to the National Requirement in effect January 1, 2018

After a comprehensive review, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada has announced revisions to the National Requirement that will go into effect January 1st, 2018. The National Requirement specifies the competencies and skills graduates must have attained and the learning resources and academic programs that law schools must have in place. It applies to both new and existing Canadian law school programs and to internationally educated candidates whose qualifications are assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). Effective January 1st, the reference to “legal and fiduciary concepts in commercial relationships” from the list of required private law principles set out in paragraph 3.3(b) of Section B (Competency Requirements) will be deleted; and the word “presumptively” will be removed from paragraph 1.1 of section C. The updated National Requirement is available here. The NCA Assessment Policy has been revised to implement the change to the National Requirement.  Business Organizations, currently under the substantive legal knowledge requirements (NCA Assessment Policy, will no longer be a core subject but will be moved to the list of optional subjects.  This change will apply to all NCA candidates whose files are ready to be assessed by the NCA on or after January 1, 2018.  PLEASE NOTE: The NCA will not revise any assessment issued before this change comes into effect. The National Requirement was adopted by the Council of the Federation in 2009 and was approved by Canada’s law societies in 2010 and came into effect on January 1, 2015. It was also decided that the National Requirement, as a national standard, be reviewed at least every five years with the first review to be completed by 2018.  

Information Session for NCA Students in British Columbia

On Monday, November 20, 2017, from 17:00 -  20:00, the National Committee on Accreditation and the Law Society of British Columbia invite you to attend an information session for internationally trained lawyers and graduates to be held at the Law Society of British Columbia.  For full details, read more.

Assistance for NCA Candidates

Did you know that NCA has a list of helpful resources to assist you throughout the NCA process?  Visit the Assistance for NCA Candidates page of the website for a list of programs offered by Canadian universities to help you meet your NCA requirements.

Update Contracts Syllabus

An updated version of the NCA Contracts syllabus has now been posted to the Syllabi page.  This syllabus is mandatory for all NCA applicants writing the Contracts exam during the August 2017 exam session and beyond.  

Updated NCA Torts Syllabus

An updated version of the NCA Torts syllabus has now been posted to the Syllabi webpage.  This syllabus is mandatory for all NCA applicants writing the Torts exam during the August 2017 exam session and beyond.

Update to NCA Foundations of Canadian Law Syllabus

An updated version of this NCA syllabus is now available on the NCA’s Syllabi page.  This syllabus is mandatory for all NCA applicants writing the Foundations of Canadian Law exam during the May 2017 exam session and beyond. The core textbook, Forcese, Craig et al, Public Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, Third Edition (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2015), remains the same. Changes have been made to mandatory casework and online research, with some updates to Internet links.

NCA Candidates with Gmail Accounts

Some NCA candidates using Gmail may receive NCA e-mails that are re-directed to their spam folders.  To prevent this from happening, please ensure that e-mails from are directed to your Inbox. Simply follow these instructions: Sign into your Email account using the Chrome web browser. Click on the “gear” icon and select “Settings”. Click on the “Filters and blocked addresses” tab. Click on “Create a new filter”. In the “From” field, type in Click “Create filter with this search”. Click and checkmark the box beside the words “Never send it to Spam”. Click “Create filter” button. Please note:  These steps apply to a Windows 10 desktop computer. If you are using a different device or software, the process may vary.