We are excited to announce that we have partnered with  Global Lawyers of Canada  to offer NCA Scholarships to 10 GLC Alberta members who have been assessed to write the 5 mandatory courses for their requalification as lawyers in Canada. One of GLC’s objectives is the promotion of a diverse and competitive legal market in Canada and the provision of support to internationally trained lawyers. To be eligible:
– Applicants must be registered members of Global Lawyers of Canada, Alberta Chapter.
– Applicants must have been assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation.

How to Apply:
To apply for this scholarship, interested applicants should submit a 200-word (maximum) essay titled “Why I am the best candidate for this scholarship”. 10 successful candidates will be selected from the pool of applications received.

All applications including the full legal name of applicants should be submitted in Microsoft Word format by email to scholarship@glcanada.org with the subject GLC-NCA Guides Scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship, please visit https://lnkd.in/gq-sfXD


If you are planning to write the NCA Foundations of Canadian Law exams in January 2021 and beyond, please note that the NCA has updated its syllabus as of November 2020.  Notably, the text Forcese, Dodek et al, Public Law: Cases, Commentary, and Analysis now has a fourth edition (v previous third edition). About 12 new articles and 5 new cases have been added, while about 8 articles have been deleted, markedly from chapters 2 and 10.  All articles relating to Bill C- 262 in Chapter 2 have been deleted. Chapter 10 saw all but 1 article replaced by new ones.

It is the responsibility of students to obtain the most UpToDate version of the syllabus. The NCA retains the right to update its syllabus at anytime without notice. Details of the syllabus as of November 2020 can be obtained on https://nca.legal/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Foundations-2021-.pdf. NCA Guides remains committed to guiding students through the NCA process.

You can register for our intensive classes here.

Below are highlight of some the changes that were made:

Continue reading “Changes to the Foundations of Canadian Law Syllabus”

November 04, 2020

The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), revised the Canadian Criminal Law syllabus ahead of the January 2021 NCA exam diet- the revised syllabus can be found on the NCA website.

The NCA Guides reviewed the syllabus vis a vis the June 2020 version. The purpose of this is to highlight the modifications with the aim of guiding students in their preparation for the examinations.

There are 32 chapters in the syllabus. 20 of those chapters were revised to either remove or add cases and/or edit reference to pages in either the Roach or Coughlan textbook.



Materials –


Continue reading “Review of The Canadian Criminal Law Syllabus”

August 26, 2020

NCA rolls out options for candidates that wrote the August 2020 examinations. A special exam session will hold between September 14 and 26, 2020 that will be open to all candidates who registered for any August exam. This special session will also be conducted online with a maximum time limit of four (4) hours subject to any previously approved accommodations.


Candidates who opted for a deferral in August are automatically registered to write these exams during the September special session while candidates who completed the August exams without a deferral also have the option to re-write a new version of the exams in September. This option may be exercised by requesting the NCA delete the exam that was written in August and registering to write the exams for the special September session. Failure to request cancellation and registration for the September session implies that candidate wishes to be graded by the August exams submission.


Candidates that were also registered for the exams as at August 13, 2020 but cancelled before the exams may also request to be registered for the special September 2020 exam session.

For candidates that were not registered to take the exams in August, they will not be allowed to register for the exams in September. Candidates interested in writing a new version of a subject in September must advise the National Committee on Accreditation of their decision by the end of day August 31, 2020.   


  1. You will receive an email the day before your examination with the login details.
  1. Once you click this link it will take you to a page to enter your school, select NCA as your school here.
  1. This will take you to another page which will then request for your name, NCA number and phone number. Once you submit, this will open up a chat box.
  1. Wait for a customer service representative to respond to you. You will be given a link to type manually into your phone to activate the video, from here your proctor will walk you through the rest of the process.
  1. You will then be asked to show your examination space, plug in your phone, and place it at an angle that shows you and the computer screens.
  1. Another link will be provided to activate your webcam video and log into the examination, once you accept the terms and conditions, and click start exam, the proctor will provide you with an access code to enter the exam.
  1. The exam is structured on sheets (i.e. excel) with a question per sheet and a text box below the question for you to enter you answer.
  1. The text box does not underline or correct spelling mistakes. You cannot paste within the box; the cut option works but nothing can be re-pasted once it is cut away. Think twice before you do this!

Continue reading “NCA August 2020 Online Examination Experience – Tips and Issues to Watch Out For.”

Someone asked a question – In a question relating to Standard of Review, do we just have to fulfill the requirements of the Vavilov test, or do we have to get into the Dore/Loyola Framework as well?


According to Vavilov para 57, the standard of review where the issue on review is whether a provision of the decision maker’s enabling statute violates the Charter should be reviewed on a correctness standard but the Vavilov decision is silent on what to do when the effect of the administrative decision being reviewed is to unjustifiably limit rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We have seen this scenario play out previously when the Supreme Court revived the pragmatic and functional factors without clarifying the faith and future application of the assumptions under Dunsmuir. Just like it was done before, the principle continues to apply until the SCC clarifies its position on its application.

There are however a few issues to reconcile:

Continue reading “Dore/Loyola or Vavilov?”

By Tahira Mawji | July 21, 2020

The summer before leaving for law school I volunteered at a non-profit legal organization to get a brief introduction into the legal world. Because the organization was short staffed, my role was multifaceted. It comprised of various administrative duties such as setting up appointments for lawyers to provide pro-bono services to individuals, cold calling lawyers etc. However, the most interesting part of my role was getting the chance to prepare a case in front of the Mental Health Board.

I was lucky enough to be paired with both a lawyer and a summer student because I had the opportunity to assist the summer student in conducting patient interviews, writing legal briefs and finding relevant medical information for the lawyer to review. We successfully presented our case in front of the Board and the patient was released. Working on the hearing was an out of this world experience for a soon to be law student but the “real win” was the lifelong mentor and friend I had gained in the lawyer.

Throughout law school and when I graduated, I stayed in touch with my mentor. We developed a friendly rapport and discussed my law school experience overseas and how the legal market was in Vancouver, BC.

Fast forward to 2017…

Continue reading “The Importance of Mentoring”

The National Committee on Accreditation portal for Exam time allocation is now open for candidates to reserve examination time. 

IMPORTANT: You must reserve a start time for your August online exam by Noon (Eastern Canada) July 30th, 2020. There are multiple start times available for both morning and afternoon sessions. The start times are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so please indicate your preference as soon as possible.

To reserve your start time, please check your email for the link as soon as possible. 

The NCA online exams are only available on the following dates:


August 13

Evidence Contracts

August 14

Family Property

August 17

Remedies Canadian Professional Responsibility

August 18

Torts Foundations of Canadian Law

August 19

Business Organizations Canadian Constitutional Law

August 20

Civil Procedure Canadian Administrative Law

August 21

Commercial Law
Canadian Criminal Law

Continue reading “NCA August 2020 Exam Start Time Selections”

NCA exams

Institutions around the world rapidly transitioned to online exams due to the outbreak of COVID 19. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) also joined the trail with its recent announcement that all exams scheduled for August 2020 by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) would henceforth be conducted online. With little time to adjust, this announcement was met with mixed feelings.  Some candidates feel it is a welcomed idea particularly as most NCA candidates are in different parts of the world and should not have to travel down to Canada before taking the exams.  Several others are anxious and unsure of how fairly they will perform under the online regime- issues may range from lack of reliable internet access, less typing speed, distractions at home (especially with students with children or with multiple roommates) amongst others. Rightly so, the online exams would pose reasonable challenges as it is with starting anything new. What is however endearing is the willingness of the institutions to accommodate students as much as possible whilst also ensuring academic integrity.

Students received with excitement the news that the time allotted for the exams had been increased by one hour! The exams are now for the duration of 4 hours as opposed to the accustomed 3 hours. In addition to this, students now have the option to –

Continue reading “Online Delivery of the NCA Exams – The Countdown Begins!”

By: Sam Khajeei & Kenny Okunola | February 26, 2020

The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (the Court) in the case of 2483038 Ontario Inc. v. 2082100 Ontario Inc. (2020 ONSC 475) (the Fit for Life Decision) highlights the importance of ensuring the delivery of a compliant franchise disclosure document (a FDD) upon the grant of a franchise and serves as a reminder to franchisors and their principals of the significant consequences of failing to do so.  

In this case, the franchisee entered into a franchise agreement with the franchisor for the operation of a “Fit for Life” restaurant in Ontario. The franchisee opened for business on or around December 14, 2015 and ceased operating on or around August 11, 2017 after delivering a notice of rescission to the franchisor. The FDD delivered by the franchisor to the franchisee contained a signature block on page 4 of the FDD where there was some corporate information about the franchisor being disclosed. This was where Mr. Samuel Davis (Mr. Davis), the sole director and officer of the franchisor, had signed the FDD rather than the “Certificate of Disclosure” on page 27 of the FDD.

Continue reading “Tales of Flawed Disclosure: The Importance of the FDD Certificate”