Canadian Students are Welcome at California School of Law!
At the California School of Law a Canadian student can remain in Canada while earning their Juris Doctorate degree. All students will use state of the art technology to log into virtual classrooms, live, and in real-time. Students attend class from the comfort of their home, attending two classes twice a week for four years, leaving ample time for work, family obligations, and preparation for class. CSL is the only online law school to operate just as a traditional law school, therefore students are taught using the Socratic question and answer teaching method. Students prepare for class using the same casebooks used at top tier law schools, and interact, live with exceptionally qualified attorney professors. CSL's academic terms are the same length as a traditional law school semester, thus 4 months/15 weeks ending each semester with law school finals.
How to Practice Law in Canada
Graduates of our law school are eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam and become licensed attorneys in California. After becoming licensed attorneys in California, graduates may be eligible to sit for the bar exam of other states depending on bar admission requirements of those states. Graduates may also become eligible to practice law in Canada.
A Canadian student who receives a Juris Doctorate from our law school must apply for certification from the National Committee of Accreditation (NCA) to practice in Canada. The NCA takes many factors into consideration when deciding whether to issue a Certificate of Qualification. These factors include undergraduate pre-law education, law school education, whether the applicant studied common law at their law school, law school grades, and law school class standing at graduation. The committee may require that some applicants take additional courses at a Canadian Law School in order to obtain certification. Note that NCA does not act in the jurisdiction of Alberta. Students who wish to practice in Alberta must contact the Law Society of Alberta. More specific information regarding the requirements of the NCA and the Law Society of Alberta can be found at: http://www.flsc.ca/en/foreignLawyers/foreignLawyers.asp, http://www.lawsociety.ab.ca/
Bar Admission Procedures
NCA issues Certificates of Qualifications but it does not authorize the practice of law in Canada. The rules and regulations for admission as a barrister and/or a solicitor lie exclusively within the jurisdiction of provincial law societies. Each province has different professional criteria for admittance to the bar. For more information regarding the criteria for admission to the bar, please visit the website of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada at www.flsa.ca
Bar admissions procedures require an applicant have participated in an articling program. For information regarding articling can be obtained directly from each law society.
Applying to CSL
If you meet the minimum admission requirements, then we invite you to apply. CSL requires that prospective students have either a BA/BS or AA/AS or 60+ transferable college units with a 2.0 gpa or above. If you meet any of these qualifications then you will be conditionally accepted upon completing the formal application process and submitting your transcripts.
Eligibility to Apply to CSL
CSL requires that prospective students have either a BA/BS or AA/AS or 60+ college units. Canadian applicants who have received their degree from a Canadian college or university (or any college or university outside the U.S.) must first have their transcripts evaluated by an independent agency to make sure the education is equivalent to a college education in the United States. Students are required to have a class by class evaluation.
Transcript Evaluation Agencies
A2Z Evaluations, LLC
P. O. Box 74040
Davis, CA 95617
Center for Applied Research
Evaluation and Education, Inc.
International Evaluation Service
P.O. Box 18358
Anaheim, CA 92817-8358
(714) 237-9272 or (714) 237-9276
Fax: (714) 237-9279
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3470
(414) 289-3400/Fax: (414) 289-3411
Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc.
601 University Ave., Suite 127
Sacramento, CA 95825-6738
(916) 921-0790 Toll-Free # 1-866-411-3737
3213 W Wheeler Street #287
Seattle, WA 98199
The Foreign Educational Document Service
P.O. Box 4091
Stockton, CA 95204
Foundation for International Services, Inc.
14926-35th Avenue West, Suite 210
Lynwood, WA 98087
(425) 248-2255/Fax: (425) 248-2262
Global Services Associates
2554 Lincoln Blvd. #445
Marina del Rey, CA 90291-5082
(310) 828-5709/Fax: 310-828-5709
International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
3600 Market Street, Suite 450
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-6950 x603/Fax: (215) 349-0026
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
(310) 258-9451/Fax: (310) 342-7086
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616/Fax: (305) 273-1338
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311/Fax: (212) 739-6100
California School of Law Canadian Application Checklist:
1. Get a Transcript Evaluation. Please see above section for approved transcript evaluation agencies.
2. Formally Apply. A prospective Canadian student should apply to CSL using the online application and submit before the application deadline in order to be eligible for admission to the next school term.
- Winter term November 1st
- Spring term March 1st
- Fall term July 1st
3. Patiently Wait to For Acceptance. Prospective students must wait to hear whether they have been accepted by the Admissions Committee. A student may be conditionally accepted by the committee contingent on receipt of all requested documentation and demonstration student has met minimum legal education requirements for admission to law school. While a prospective student may meet all minimum requirements the admissions committee takes into account many factors for admission and may nevertheless deny admission.
You can contact Admissions at any time to discuss applying at 805-770-3030 or 844-500-9200, or by e-mail at Admissions@CaliforniaSchoolofLaw.com.