Canadian LLB students will be required to sit a number of challenge exams when returning to Canada in order to fulfil the requirements set out by the Federation of Canadian Law Societies' National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).
Most Canadian students from Birmingham choose to prepare for their challenge examinations through self-study, where the NCA provides a syllabus and students study at home. Tests take place 4 times each year, in January, May, August and October, and are marked as pass/fail. Most students will complete their challenge exams within 6 - 12 months of returning to Canada.
- Students completing our 2-year LLB for Graduates with a 2:2 or above (equivalent to a C in Canada) in all modules generally have to sit 7 challenge exams.
- Students completing a 3-year LLB programme with a 2:2 or above (equivalent to a C in Canada) in all modules generally have to sit 5 challenge exams. Students taking a 3-year LLB straight from high school will also have additional challenge exams set by the NCA.
Full details of the requirements can be found in the NCA's policy and guidelines.
The above information is for guidance purposes. We recommend that students carry out their own research and check with the legal associations in the jurisdictions they wish to practise in for the most up to date information as the regulations may change.
As a Birmingham Law School student, you will benefit from our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, which offers a range of opportunities to increase your experience of law in action and enhance your employability, including International Law Week. International Law Week is a series of talks on practicing in other jurisdictions, including Canada. In 2017, Birmingham Law School alumni, Barbara O de Dios delivered a presentation via Skype on her law career in Canada.