I will be appearing before the Law Society of Alberta tomorrow.
Thankfully, only as counsel.
My client completed his law degree (LLB) through distance learning at an educational institution in the UK.
The NCA will only issue a CQ (Certificate of Qualification) if my client completes 8 law school courses. This is based on their policy.
One problem. Neither the U of C nor the U of A law offer seats to NCA students.
There is a remedy available - an appeal to the Benchers which can consider special circumstances.
I've appeared before administrative tribunals for 12 years, 2 of which I was a tribunal officer. However, every tribunal inhabits its own "universe of discourse" as Professor Arthurs would say. I'm looking forward to this new experience, and hope that future appearances before the Benchers are also only in the role of counsel.