— LSAT PREParation (@LSATPreparation) May 25, 2013
Updated – July 30, 2015
I had actually forgotten about this post. What’s interesting is that more and more people are attending law school outside of Canada and returned to Canada to practice law. In fact, I would say that it has reached the point where any Canadian resident who wants to attend law school can attend law school. The question is whether you attend law school in Canada or outside of Canada. Some people attend law school outside of Canada because they believe they are getting a better legal education. Some people attend law school outside of Canada because they have not been accepted to one of the few Canadian law schools.
Nevertheless, more and more people are attending law school outside of Canada and are being admitted to the legal profession in Canada
This is a topic that is becoming more and more relevant for university students in Canada.
Simply put: Because there are no private law schools in Canada, the demand for spaces in Canadian law schools exceeds the supply. As a result, many Canadians seek law school opportunities in the U.K. and the U.S.
The rules for how to be admitted to the bar in Canadian provinces are determined by the National Committee on Accreditation “NCA” which is a standing committee of the Federation of Law Societies. The rules are subject to change. Your first step should be to review of the rules.
The linked article was written in May 2010. It should be used as as “starting point” in your inquiry. The rules can, do and will continue to change. In January of 2015 the National Committee on Accreditation changed the guidelines for how non-Canadian law school graduates can earn a “Certificate of Qualification” which is necessary for them to enter the lawyer licensing process.
Those interested in discussion on the topic might find the Facebook page: “NCA Exam Preparation and Tutoring” to be of interest.
Do NOT attend law school outside of Canada without reviewing the current rules (which extends far beyond this introductory post) for how to return and achieve bar admission in Canada.