The NCA has updated their assessment policy requiring all candidates to demonstrate competence in legal research and writing effective January 1, 2022. This means that NCA applicants will be required to complete the legal research and writing module developed by the NCA/CPLED or complete a course in legal research and writing through an approved Canadian law school program. No exemptions/exceptions have been indicated thus far.
This update means that all candidates have to demonstrate that they have the necessary legal research and writing abilities needed for the profession that language proficiency requirements alone do not assess. If you plan on obtaining an assessment in 2022, this should factor into your costs and timing for completion of NCA requirements, or in course planning and program completion if you are enrolled in a program at a Canadian law school.
ITLNCA NetworkS stand with the diversity associations to strongly condemn the divisive messaging of the #FullStop movement.
The #FullStop movement (rebranding of the #StopSOP movement) just shows how very little has changed in the last 3 years. It shows that the need to address and confront racism and discrimination in the legal profession is on-going. It shows exactly why training on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion is necessary across the legal profession. It also shows the importance of electing a governing body supportive and representative of the whole of the profession in 2023.
However, please always remember that there are lawyers and associations who are passionately advocating for and supporting the need for greater equity, diversity, and inclusion. ITLNCA NetworkS is here for all internationally trained lawyers and your contributions to our profession. Your presence and voice is exactly what is needed for a truly inclusive and diverse legal profession in Canada. We are here to support you and provide a positive safe space for your concerns as you navigate your career and the legal community.
In light of the pandemic, the NCA assessment policy has been revised to provide flexibility for NCA candidates with an in-person requirement due to their distance education qualifying law degrees. Programs will be given recognition as long as the program includes “at least 50% in-person instruction.” Refer to your educational provider to see how they may incorporate these requirements. (https://nca.legal/policy-assessment-change-in-person-instruction-requirement/)
Registration for October 2020 NCA Challenge exams is open. Register before September 4, 2020 at 12:00PM (ET).