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Foreign Trained Lawyers Program

University of Calgary

University of Calgary
The Foreign Trained Lawyers Program (FTLP) is a 24-unit post-bachelor's certificate program that will enable internationally trained lawyers to complete the five mandatory courses required by the NCA, as well as a course specifically designed to aid them in the enhancement of their professional skills in the Canadian law context. Students may also elect to add one additional 3, 4, or 5-unit course to their program to meet additional NCA requirements, or for personal interest. The proposed program is cohort-based, with two courses to be designed exclusively for this cohort: (1) Foundations of Canadian Law; and (2) Professional Development. The other four required courses (outlined below) will also be taken as a cohort, but will be open to the Faculty's JD students in order to assist the foreign trained students with Canadian cultural integration. The Faculty of Law will schedule the six courses of the FTLP program later in the day (evenings) and possibly on weekends to accommodate the majority of FTLP students who will likely be working full-time in other occupations while trying to obtain their Certificate of Qualification. Students in this program will have a dedicated student support staff member, as well as a career services staff member who will provide career mentorship and articling and job placement assistance. These supports will ensure that graduates of this program are well-situated to enter the legal services market in Canada.

Admissions and Recruitment Office
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada

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  • Program Type Post-Baccalaureate
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the Foreign Trained Lawyers Program (FTLP) post-bachelor’s certificate are:

A. A law degree (LLB, JD, or equivalent) from an approved, recognized, accredited or otherwise accepted law school;

B. A valid National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Assessment Report that shows required courses and law degree information; and

C. Proof of English language proficiency, measured via one of the below methods:

a. The language of instruction of the Applicant’s legal academic qualifications was English, and such qualifications were obtained in a country where English is an official language; or

b. Completion of the International English Language Test System (IELTS) test, with a minimum score of 7.0 across all of the following elements: writing, speaking, reading and listening.

Admission to the program is competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements above does not guarantee admission to the program.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $33,864.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,660.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,468.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated August 29, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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