Canadian Applicants to Suffolk Law
An American law degree is a professional, graduate-level degree.
- Using a Law Degree in the US: A law degree from Suffolk Law School allows you to sit for the bar in any US state. If approved by that state's bar examiners, you are eligible to practice law in that state.
- Using a US Law Degree in Canada: To practice Canadian law in Canada, US-trained lawyers must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) and to the law society in the province or territory where you want to practice law. US-trained lawyers may practice US law in Canada if granted a permit as a regional legal consultant from a provincial law society.
Applying to Law School
- You are eligible to apply to a US law school with an undergraduate degree from a Canadian college or university, no matter what you studied.
- At Suffolk Law, Canadian applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarship awards.
Studying in the US
A law degree from Suffolk Law School allows you to sit for the bar in any US state. If approved by that state's bar examiners, you are eligible to practice law in that state.
Canadian students may participate in most internships (those which do not require US citizenship) through curricular practical training and may work up to 12 months after graduation through occupational practical training.
Being a Lawyer in Canada
To practice Canadian law in Canada, US-trained lawyers must apply for a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). The Certificate of Qualification confirms that you have education and training equivalent to graduates from an approved Canadian law school. The NCA assesses each applicant and advises what he or she needs to do to obtain a Certificate of Qualification. Candidates can complete the requirements either by writing challenge exams or taking courses in a Canadian law school.
Once you obtain a Certificate of Qualification, you must complete the bar admission requirements for the law society that governs the province where you wish to practice. In Ontario, you must complete the licensing process of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). This includes writing the barrister licensing exam, the solicitor licensing exam and attending a Skills and Professional Responsibility program. After this, applicants to the LSUC will either have to article for a period of 10 months, be granted an articling abridgement, or immediately be eligible to be called to the Bar in Ontario.
Note that there is a separate process for US lawyers who wish to practice US law in Canada. In that case, you apply for a permit as a regional legal consultant from a provincial law society.
For answers to frequently asked questions, visit the NCA FAQ page.