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How to Apply for an Assessment

Who Can Apply

Anyone may apply. You do not have to be a Canadian resident or citizen to do so. The NCA assesses the qualifications of all internationally-trained legal graduates, whether they are Canadian citizens who have obtained their legal education abroad, or newcomers to Canada with an overseas legal education, or people considering immigrating to Canada. You can apply from anywhere in the world - citizenship, nationality and residency are not factors in the assessment process.

When to Apply

You may apply for an NCA assessment at any time. Your application will not be processed, however, until the NCA has received all of the formalities set out below. If you apply before you graduate from law school, we will not process your application until your final official transcripts have been received by the NCA.

Formalities to Complete

To apply for an NCA assessment, you need to complete the following steps:

Send a completed application form to the NCA along with the following:

  • an original set of your final academic transcripts issued by the institution where you pursued your undergraduate (non-legal) post - secondary or university studies. Copies will not be accepted;
  • a current detailed Curriculum Vitae (a résumé of your education and work experience); and
  • payment of a non-refundable application fee of $410 CDN, plus all applicable taxes. Please note the NCA accepts credit card payments ONLY.

 Make arrangements for the following documents to be sent directly to the NCA by the institutions referred to below:

  • an official copy of your academic transcripts issued by the institution where you obtained your legal education;
  • if applicable, a certificate or letter of membership in good standing issued by the local regulatory authority which governs your admission to the practice of law in that jurisdiction; and
  • if applicable, an official copy of your transcripts issued by the local regulatory authority which governs your admission to the practice of law in that jurisdiction, for any courses or examinations required by such authority.

Language Competency: At the current time, language competency is not a NCA requirement.  However, the NCA examinations are equivalent to Canadian law school examinations and require a high level of language competency both in reading and writing.  In addition, the practice of law in Canada requires a high level of competence in listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  You may wish to take a language test to determine your level of competency and, if required, seek language upgrading. 

For more detailed instructions on how to apply for an assessment, consult the application form 

What Happens Next

When the completed application form and fee payment have been received, the NCA will send you a confirmation email indicating an NCA file number. The email will specify which documents have been received, and whether any are outstanding. During the assessment process, the NCA may request that you provide additional information or documentation.

Applications are normally processed, and an assessment mailed to the applicant, within three months of receiving all required documentation.

The NCA is not an educational institution as defined by Canada Revenue Agency and therefore cannot provide official income tax receipts for assessment.  Based on a CRA directive issued in 2014, income tax receipts are issued for fees paid for assigned NCA exams.