Register now for the 2017 Legal Specialist Examination
• Register now for the legal specialist examination offered on October 24, 2017.
• Why certify? Learn more about why to certify by watching this short video.
• Special reduced examination fees available this year only!
• Learn more about the upcoming examination.
- Find your specialty area to see preparation materials and courses for the upcoming examination.
Certified Specialists in MCLE Group 3 (N-Z) to Report Legal Specialist Education Compliance by June 30, 2017
While compliance for Certified Specialists in Compliance Group 3 (N-Z) was due on Feb. 1, 2017, the California Board of Legal Specialization has extended reporting of compliance cards through and including June 30, 2017.
Read this letter to learn about some special one-time options available to help you meet your requirement.
In accordance with Legal Specialization Rule 3.114(A)(2), adopted on Jan. 1, 2014, certified specialists must report 36 hours of legal specialist education every three years, but still recertify every five years. With the reporting cycles for MCLE educational compliance and legal specialist education compliance synchronized, it is anticipated that educational reporting will be more convenient for certified specialists.
Congratulations to Certified Specialists who reached their 20th, 30th, or 40th anniversaries in 2016!
The California Board of Legal Specialization recognizes and celebrates these individuals who were first certified as specialists in the specific years of 1976, 1986 and 1996.
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.
- 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 report 36 hours of legal specialist education every three years, but still recertify every five years. Education is not reported on the recertification application any longer.
- Learn more about the Legal Specialization Program by reading our 29th Annual Report for Calendar 2015.
- 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 for a certified specialist in your area.
Contact us at LegalSpec@calbar.ca.gov or 415-538-2120.