National Committee on Accreditation Applicants (NCA Applicants)

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Osgoode Hall Law School is prepared to grant admission as non-degree students to applicants whose law studies and experience have been assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation.

Successful applicants are admitted to courses offered at the law school, subject to space availability, in order to meet the Canadian JD equivalency requirement as set out in the letter provided by the National Committee on Accreditation.

Please note:

  • First-year courses are not available to NCA students
  • Persons admitted as NCA students do not receive the Osgoode JD degree
  • Spaces for NCA students are limited

Application Deadline

The OLSAS online application must be submitted no later than May 1.  All remaining documentation must be received by OLSAS no later than June 30.

Application Components

To be complete your application package must include:

Please note:  Proof of English language proficiency must be provided unless one of the following applies:

  • Your first language is English; OR
  • You completed at least one year of full-time study at an accredited postsecondary institution in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction.


It should be noted that first-year level courses are not accommodated.  English proficiency at a minimum 95 IBT or 7.0 IELTS is required.

For more information see the OLSAS Application Booklet.

Application Decisions

The primary criterion for assessing NCA applications is the perceived likelihood that you will successfully complete the required program of study as set out in your NCA recommendation letter. The Admissions Committee will consider your complete application, including the results of your NCA Challenge Examinations and the Law School’s  ability to accommodate placement in your required upper-year courses.  Preference is given to applicants who:

  • are required to complete upper-year courses in which there is availability; and
  • were unsuccessful in meeting such course requirements by way of NCA Challenge Examinations.

Osgoode’s NCA Exam Prep Course

Osgoode Professional Development’s NCA Exam Prep Course is specifically designed for foreign qualified lawyers planning to write the National Committee on Accreditation’s Examinations. This intensive course covers the NCA syllabi for the four mandatory Canadian exams that all applicants are required to write.  It is intended for students who have been granted permission by the NCA to write the NCA Exams and already have an understanding of common law.

This program covers only the four mandatory exams and not any further exams that you may be required to write.  It does not award law school credit. For additional details, see the Exam Prep Course website.

Information relating to Articling Placements

National Committee on Accreditation applicants should note that interviews for articling placement in Ontario generally take place during the summer one full year prior to the start of the placement.  Applicants are advised to contact the Law Society of Upper Canada immediately to confirm procedures and deadline dates by calling 416-947-3300.