Are The NCAs Broken & How Do We Fix Them?
Updated: Mar 7, 2020
The National Committee on Accreditation Exams are any internationally trained student’s first step to qualifying in Canada and, upon successful completion, grant candidates the right to article and write the Bar exam in their province. Disappointingly, according to a program review of the NCA programme conducted in 2017, the Ontario Bar exam first-attempt passing rates for NCA candidates who are Canadian born and educated abroad is a mere 64%; the prospects are even lower for those immigrating from other countries, sitting at 53%. Comparatively, Canadian Law School candidates boast an 87% passing rate.
These numbers imply that the NCA process failing foreign-trained law students; but what's really going on and how do we fix it?