Board of Legal Specialization

The Board of Legal Specialization:

  • Administers the legal specialization program
  • Provides policies and guidelines for certification and recertification of specialists
  • Recommends new specialty areas and modifications to existing specialty areas to the State Bar's Board of Governors
  • Acts upon the recommendations of the advisory commissions for approval or denial of certifications and recertifications
  • Recommends accreditation of private certifying organizations
  • Promotes the program to attorneys and consumers

Eleven advisory commissions support the Board of Legal Specialization — one for each area in which specialists are recognized. The advisory commissions:

  • Review and make recommendations on certification and recertification applications to the Board of Legal Specialization
  • Develop and grade the legal specialist examination
  • Review and approve applications for approved legal specialty education provider status and for individual education programs
  • Recommend revisions to the standards for certification and recertification to reflect current practice in the area of law

If you are a current specialist interested in serving on the BLS or one of the advisory commissions, contact for more information or download an application to serve on an Advisory Commission from the State Bar website.