John G. Kelly

President of Canada Law From Abroad
B.Comm., D. PIR., F.CIS., LL.B/J.D., M.S.Sc., M.A. (Jud. Admin.)


Academic Background and Professional Designations

  • St. Mary’s University – B. Comm.
  • University of Toronto – D. PIR. (Diploma in Personnel, Industrial Relations)
  • Dalhousie University Law School – LL.B/J.D.
  • Syracuse University – M.S.Sc. (International Relations), Maxwell School of Public Affairs
  • Brock University – M.A. in (Judicial Administration)
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators – F.C.I.S. (Fellow of Chartered Institute of Secretaries) Sr. International Designation, Corporate Executive Level

With 26 years total experience practicing law and being a law professor, John is one of Canada's leading UK law degree accreditation expert and advocate in Canada. In 2006, he created Canada Law From Abroad to provide an international bridge for Canadian students who are frustrated with the barriers and costs of Canadian law schools. Canada Law From Abroad gives students the opportunity to obtain a first-rate legal education in top-tier U.K. law schools; the birthplace of the common law system and home to the great law schools of the world.

During John’s time as a college law professor, one of his primary roles was to develop cutting-edge programs for the professional services market. He has been instrumental in opening doors for students who want to pursue professional legal careers in Canada and internationally. Providing students with innovative, international, legal educational opportunities is the key to opening these doors to the new global legal services market.

John took a leadership role lobbying all political parties in the Ontario government to include The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) in the ‘Fair Access To Regulated Access Act’ (FARPA). Passage of this legislation in 2008 ensures that the accreditation of ‘abroad’ law degrees must be done in a manner that is “fair and objective” based on the same standards as Canadian law degrees.

John Kelly’s Publication

We encourage you to read John’s recently published book, A Matter of Degree LLB – Large Legal Bills & JD – Justice Denied: Diagnosis of the Cause and Prescription for the Cure. This gives an informed opinion on how to leverage the ‘UK Law School Advantage’ to access cutting edge international legal education that will open career doors for you in the new global legal services marketplace. Check out the Canada Law From Abroad blog for regular contributions from John regarding all the Law industry and education.

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