Register for the Legal Specialist Examination on Oct. 27, 2015
Register for the legal specialist examination by Sept. 1, 2015 for best pricing. Late registration closes Oct. 1, 2015.
Planning on taking the Legal Specialization Examination on Oct. 27? Upcoming prep courses may be available for your specialty area. Visit the Examination Information page and click on your area of law for a list of available prep courses.
Also available on the Examination Information page are details including areas of law tested, exam format and test site information.
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Becoming a Board Certified Specialist
Why certify? Learn more about why to certify by watching this short video.
Read about one attorney's experience as a current board certified legal specialist.
Starting the Application Process?
Begin by marking your calendar for the legal specialist examination on Oct. 27, 2015, and work on the other requirements in the meantime. The rules and the post-examination application will help you to begin documenting the education and experience needed to complete your candidate packet. Look to the left to find your area of specialty.
The examination will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center and the Oakland Convention Center.
Already a certified specialist?
It's time to enjoy the many benefits of being a certified specialist:
- (NEW) Recertifying? As a reminder, you will now report your legal specialist education by submitting a compliance card instead of reporting education on your recertification application. You will be due to report 36 hours of legal specialist education every 3 years, during your MCLE compliance period by submitting a legal specialization education compliance card. (Note: You must also report your MCLE compliance separately through your My State Bar Profile.)
- Congratulations to specialists who reached their 20th, 30th, or 40th anniversaries in 2015. These individuals were first certified as specialists in the years 1975, 1985 and 1995 (coming in September).
- Enhance your profile through My State Bar Profile to add your firm's website, photo and spoken languages. Certified Legal Specialists are automatically listed by their specialty on the State Bar website and only certified specialists can be searched by practice area on the State Bar of California website.
- Need brochures for your office? Order "What Can A Certified Specialist Do for You?" brochures, which include a place for you to include your own firm's business cards.
Want to be on the radio? California certified specialists can audition to be part of the radio call-in panel for "Your Legal Rights" to appear on-air or take off-air calls. Contact LegalSpec@calbar.ca.gov if you are interested.
- Ready to retire or resign your Certified Legal Specialist status permanently? Fill out the Certified Specialist Retirement/Resignation Form and send it to the address on the form.
For educational providers
Apply to offer Legal Specialization credits and MCLE.
Search for a list of approved educational providers in your area of certified specialty.
News you can use
- In accordance with Legal Specialization Rule 3.114(A)(2), adopted on Jan. 1, 2014, certified specialists are now due to report 36 hours of legal specialist education every 3 years, during their MCLE compliance period. This rule does not change the recertification due date of every 5 years.
- Come see us! Oct. 8-11, 2015 State Bar Annual Meeting, Anaheim. For more information or to register click here.
- Learn more about the Legal Specialization Program by reading our 28th Annual Report reviewing the year 2014.
- For certified specialists in Compliance Group 1-the deadline to report your legal specialist education compliance is Feb. 1, 2016. As a reminder, report your education by submitting your compliance card to us.
- Read about how certification may benefit you, from the perspective of a current certified specialist.
- Don't miss the radio program on KALW 91.7FM "Your Legal Rights," featuring certified specialists from around the state every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Not in San Francisco? Download the free Tune-In app for Android or Apple to listen or stream past programs on the KALW website.
- Refer a specialist. Search by county, city or ZIP code for a certified specialist in your area.
Contact us at LegalSpec@calbar.ca.gov or 415-538-2120.