Board of Legal Specialization

What is the application process?

  • The application period for first-time applicants, and for those renewing their application status, begins on July 1 and closes on August 1. The application fee is $300. Applications received after August 1 must be accompanied by a $75.00 late fee. Applications received after October 1st will not be accepted for that application cycle.
  • Candidates must submit the names of at least five Arizona attorneys, other professionals who practice in the field, and/or judges before whom the applicant has appeared, familiar with the applicant's practice, and not including current partner, associates, or attorneys who are on the Advisory Commission for that area of practice.  Advisory Commissions rosters are included in the preceding table.

Where can I find the forms to apply or renew my certification?

Links to standards, applications, and rosters are contained in the following table:

Standards for
Certification
Applications for
Initial Certification
Applications for Recertification Advisory Commission Rosters
Bankruptcy Law Bankruptcy Law Bankruptcy Law Bankruptcy Law
Criminal Law Criminal Law Criminal Law Criminal Law
Estate and Trust Law Estate and Trust Law Estate and Trust Law Estate and Trust
Family Law Family Law Family Law Family Law
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
Real Estate Law Real Estate Law Real Estate Law Real Estate
Tax Law Tax Law Tax Law Tax Law
Workers' Compensation Law Workers' Compensation Law Workers' Compensation Law Workers' Compensation
Law

 

What is the Board of Legal Specialization?

The Board of Legal Specialization (BLS), regulates the certification of legal specialists in eight practice areas: bankruptcy, criminal law, estate and trust, family law, personal injury and wrongful death, real estate, tax, and worker's compensation. The BLS operates under Arizona Supreme Court Court Rule 44 Legal Specialization, effective Jan. 1. 2017.

What are the Standards for Specialization?

A member must meet the following minimum standards for specialization:

  • Admission to the practice of law for five years (seven for criminal law and real estate law)
  • Admission to the State Bar of Arizona for two years immediately preceding submission of the application (three years for real estate)
  • Devotion of at least 50% of a full time practice to the specialty area (70% for family law)
  • Substantial involvement in the certification area for four of the six years immediately preceding submission of the application (five of seven years for real estate)
  • Additionally, peer review is conducted and a written examination must be passed.
  • For for the complete list of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization Rules and Regulations, click here.

For additional information contact:

Penny Lewis
BLS Administrator
Phone: 602.340.7326
Email: penny.lewis@staff.azbar.org




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