• The next legal specialist examination will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. If you have been practicing since January 2014 in the specialty, you will be eligible to register when registration opens in Spring 2015.
  • Get started on the other requirements today. Use one of the post-examination applications listed below to track your experience and education requirements.  You will have time to continue to meet these requirements up to three years after the examination if you prefer.
  • Petition for Testing Accommodations when taking the 2015 legal specialist examination
    • These forms request accommodations, but you must register for the examination separately. It is the fully completed registration form with payment that holds your seat.
    • You can apply now to for testing accommodations to ensure that there is ample time to complete your application. This can be done even before the examination registration opens.


Examination results for the October 2013 Legal Specialist Examination were mailed via U.S. mail to the address found on the examinee's State Bar Profile.  Results will be not be released via phone, fax, or email.  Duplicate results can be requested in writing at  If you wish to have the results re-sent to a new address, please update your State Bar Profile to reflect that address prior to requesting duplicate results.

If you passed the legal specialist examination administered in 2013, congratulations!  Access the Post-Examination Application in your area below.

Congratulations on successfully passing the October 2013 examination. Keep in mind that although, you have passed the examination and completed an important step in the certification process, you are not yet entitled to hold yourself as a certified specialist. Take the next step to becoming a certified specialist by completing the appropriate post-examination application above. After completing the this step, your application will be ready for Board review. The process is interactive and you are encouraged to contact the Calfiornia Board of Legal Specialization with questions.


Examination results were mailed on February 28, 2012.

Congratulations on successfully passing the October 2011 examination. Keep in mind that although, you have passed the examination and completed an important step in the certification process, you are not yet entitled to hold yourself as a certified specialist. Take the next step to becoming a certified specialist by completing the appropriate post-examination application. After completing the this step, your application will be ready for Board review.  The process is interactive and you are encouraged to contact the Calfiornia Board of Legal Specialization with questions. 


Applications for Recertification (due every five years by the anniversary of your certification)

Note that next year, the schedule for reporting education will change under the new rules, but for 2014, please use these forms below and recertify as you always have, reporting 60 hours of education over the five-year certification period.  No one complying with MCLE reporting on February 1, 2014 will need to report legal specialist education during that compliance.

Serving on the Board of Legal Specialization or an Advisory Commission

The period for applying for a State Bar commission closes on February 3, 2014, with application posted at for four-year terms beginning in the fall of 2014.

Tolling Forms for Judges

Judicial Service Declaration - Requesting Tolling of Status and Annual Fee (see Rule 3.119)

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.

Logo Information

A logo has been created that can be used in lieu of text by specialists certified by the Board of Legal Specialization to state the name of the certifying body. The logo is available for use in printed material, such as stationery, business cards, etc., and electronic media. It can be reproduced in either color or black and white. Click here for the Logo and Advertising Information Page. The logos themselves are located halfway down the page after some pointers about using them and advertising.

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.


Applications for Approval of Individual Education Activity (for educational providers)

Apply here to request approval to grant legal specialization credit for your educational program in these substantive areas of law. Securing approval will also allow you to provide MCLE credit for these programs. For more information, please refer to Educational Provider Information. Providers can apply for this approval in advance or up to two years after the program is offered.

Sample Evaluation Form A sample of the type of form to be distributed to attendees of your approved programs. Providers must ask all of the questions on California's sample form, either by using the official California form or by including California's questions on their own evaluation form.

Application for Multiple Activity Provider Status (for educational providers)

After a provider has had four activities approved during the preceding two-year period, a provider can apply for Multiple Activity Provider (MAP) status, which allows the provider to offer legal specialization credit in the approved substantive certified specialty area for up to a three-year period, including tapes, rebroadcasts, and identical repetitions of past programs, so long as the law remains current.   Access a MAP application.


Application for Proposed New Specialty


Questions? Contact the Department of Legal Specialization at or at 415-538-2120.