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Oh Canada! / Paralegal Option leads to fast track Law Degree
« on: May 17, 2011, 10:48:32 AM »
I noticed Canadian Business College with locations in the Greater Toronto area recently had their Paralegal Accreditation approved by the Law Society of Upper Canada.  This is interesting because this school is also an approved supporting Degree Institute for the University of London (UK) for their external Law Programs (LLB, LLM).  I am going to take the one year Paralegal Program in order to challenge the Paralegal exam and obtain local credentials and start my own small claims court business, and with this Income I will register for the external LLB program via Univeristy of London and use my Paralegal Diploma to enter  (without LSAT).  In two years I can complete my LLB and Challenge the UK Bar exam and use the LLB Degree together with my Canadian Law education to apply for the Canadian Bar exam.  The Paralegal Program include internship and hopefully the Law Firm will take me as an articling student. 

Thereby I can practice law without having taken an undergraduate degree in Canada.   I think my credentials from London School of Economics or Queen Mary will be just as good. 

Every Provincial Bar sets its own regulations, but there is a common evaluation of foreign law degrees. From the wbsite of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario):
The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is a standing Committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. It is made up of representatives from the Committee of Canadian Law Deans, members of the practising bar, and members involved with the administration of provincial law societies. The Committee evaluates the legal training and professional experience of persons with foreign or non-common law legal credentials and who seek admission to a Bar in Canada.

Candidates who seek to enter the Licensing Process by way of a certificate of qualification issued by the National Committee on Accreditation must apply to the NCA and submit their documented qualifications in law and experience in law for the Committee's evaluation. The Committee will determine what, if any, further studies the candidate must undertake to meet the equivalent of an approved LL.B./J.D. program at a Canadian university. In some cases, the candidate will be required to pass certain examinations and in other cases, the candidate will be required to successfully complete specified course credits at a law school.

The National Committee on Accreditation may also refuse a certificate of qualification and, with or without a recommendation of advanced standing, require the candidate to graduate from an approved law course. For application forms and further information please contact The National Committee on Accreditation

 

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