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Former Law Society Treasurer describes history of legal profession keeping foreign law grads out of the bar

This post is an acknowledgment of the difficulty that non-Canadian law graduates have historically had becoming admitted to the bar in Canadian provinces.

As difficult as it can be today, in past years it has been extremely arbitrary and unfair.

Progress has been slow. But, today graduates of many non-Canadian law schools can confidently say that they are able to navigate the NCA process and become a lawyer in Canada.

The only questions are:

1. What do I have to do to earn a “certificate of equivalency” (how many exams/courses); and

2. How long will the process take?

Foreign Lawyers In Canada

This is a fascinating article written by Vern Khrishna former Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. This excerpt is especially interesting:

The last two paragraphs outline the history of the Canadian legal profession in keeping foreign law graduates out of the bar.

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Thoughts from 2009: Foreign trained lawyers face hurdles – then and now


A trip down memory lane. Clearly the demand for graduates of non-Canadian law schools has increased (and will likely continue) to increase dramatically. It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of those who are currently navigating the NCA process.

Foreign Lawyers In Canada

Foreign-trained lawyers face hurdles

By Michael Rappaport
December 11 2009 issue

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Lawyers trained abroad who want to practise in Canada must overcome many hurdles, not least of which is having their legal education and experience recognized by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC).

The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is the standing committee of the FLSC that is responsible for evaluating the credentials of foreign-trained lawyers and awarding certificates of qualification that permit the recipient to apply to write Bar admission exams in most provinces with the exception of Quebec, which has its own process. In Manitoba and the Maritime provinces, the NCA’s recommendations are considered on a less formal basis.

According to FLSC statistics, in the past decade the number of applicants has more than tripled from 225 in 1999…

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Pre-Law Forum – June 2, 2012 – Opportunities to study law – Toronto

Pre-Law Forum

When: Saturday June 2, 2012 – 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 405

Cost: $10 cash payable at the door

Registration: email prelawforum at gmail dot com to guarantee a seat or just show up on June 2 at 9:20 a.m.

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How to be admitted to the Ontario Bar with a U.K. or U.S. Law Degree!

How to be admitted to the Ontario Bar with a U.K. or U.S. Law Degree!

Helping students become lawyers!

Who: John Richardson, J.D.

When: Saturday November 6/10

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Canada Law From Abroad – U.K. Law School All Day Super Session
University of Toronto – Bahen Centre 40 St. George St – Room 1200



Getting Into Law School Course – Toronto – October 17/10

Getting Into Law School – Sunday October 17/10

Who: John Richardson,  LL.B., J.D.

Author:  Law School   Bound

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Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 103

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free Admission – But Pre-Registration is Required – You may either register on Facebook or by emailing:  prelawforum@gmail.com

John Richardson – University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus

So, what’s it all  about?

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Pre-Law Forum 2010 – June 5 – Toronto

Pre-Law Forum  2010 – Opportunities To Study Law

When: Saturday June 5, 2010 – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 405

First, the good news: The opportunities to study law are incredible.

Now, the bad news: That said, these opportunities are not well understood.

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