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Find your Path to Practicing Canadian Law with Ontario’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Program

Have you considered living and working in Canada?

There are many things to consider when you choose which city or town to move to. Canada is a large country with diverse climates of amazing natural beauty, and each province has its own unique charm.

How will you decide which city is best for you?

Sometimes the answer lies in where your best career supports are. If you are a foreign trained lawyer who plans to pursue a legal career, Toronto, Ontario is the place to be.

Ontario is the most multicultural province in Canada. It is a prosperous society that has been built on the hard work of generations of immigrants, and attracts some of the best and brightest from around the globe. The capital city of the province, Toronto, is a hub of world-class business, culture, and education.

If you are an Indian lawyer who is planning to immigrate to Canada, Toronto is the place to find a wide range of legal employers, and a wealth of opportunity for professional development and personal growth.

Once you arrive in Toronto, you will find that there are many steps to take before you can practice law, even if you were licensed and practicing in your home jurisdiction.

Internationally trained lawyers are required to complete a two-part process of accreditation and licensing before they can be licensed to practice law in Canada. In Ontario, the entire process can take two to four years to complete, and involves obtaining both a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), and a license to practice law in Ontario from the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).

Navigating the process alone can be challenging and overwhelming.

Thankfully, Ontario has a program designed specifically to support you through the accreditation and licensing process. Funded by the Provincial government, the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program (ITLP) at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, provides academic support, career planning and job search support, and the opportunity to create a network of connections in the Toronto legal community.

The aim of the program is to prepare internationally trained lawyers for licensure in Canada, and ultimately, to support them in their career goals and prepare them for employment.

The ITLP is the only program of its kind in North America that prepares internationally educated and trained lawyers to enter the Canadian legal profession with confidence. Recognizing that each lawyer’s needs are different, the ITLP offers programs that are tailored to the level of support you may need.

The Comprehensive Program is a one year, full-time program that offers academic support in the core NCA subject areas and in other NCA subject areas. It also offers career workshops, career colloquiums that feature members of the Toronto legal community, one-on-one career coaching, cultural fluency training, professional communication training, and the opportunity to apply for a 3-month internship at a leading firm, company, or government office.

The Career Program is a 6-month, part-time program designed for those who do not need support with their NCA exams or LSUC requirements, but would like assistance in finding a job. The Career program features one-on-one assessments and coaching with an experienced Legal Career Advisor, career colloquiums, workshops, networking opportunities, and more.

The NCA Review Program is a part-time program for students who only require academic support in preparation for their NCA exams. This is a four-day (21 hour) course that is offered evenings and weekends for maximum convenience. The NCAR program is also now available virtually, so you can begin your studies online before your arrival in Canada.

The BEPC Program is a part-time program for students who already have their NCA Certificate of Qualification, but who want academic support in preparation for the LSUC’s Licensing Exams. This is a two-week program that is on offered evenings and weekends, twice per year, immediately prior to the scheduled LSUC Licensing Exams.

The ITLP has a tremendous team of dedicated staff who support the program broadly, and each student individually. From the very first day, you will meet fascinating people, learn from esteemed instructors who are experts in their fields, and interact with motivated and talented peers from around the globe.

Students of the ITLP will have diverse backgrounds, but will all share a passion for law and a determination to join the legal profession in Canada.

Please read more about the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program by visiting http://www.itlp.utoronto.ca/

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