Criminal Legal Specialization

Board-Certified Specialists are Experienced. Respected. Tested. Certified.


You are eligible to apply to be Board certified as a Criminal Law legal specialist if you have been admitted to the practice of law continuously for at least 7 years, and during the 2 immediately preceding years you engaged in the practice of law within the State of Arizona. After admission, you must have engaged in legal service on an annual basis equivalent to at least 50% or more of a full-time practice. Combine these qualifications with your high ethical standards, excellent peer reviews, specialized legal education, and tested knowledge to achieve the honorable distinction of Board-Certified Specialist.

Your experience will be measured by your substantial involvement in the field of Criminal Law, as follows:

  • 5 years immediately preceding the application being devoted to 50% of a full-time practice to criminal law matters, and
  • During that period serving as a principal counsel of record in at least 125 additional criminal matters
  • Basic  Experience Requirements of
    • 10 Criminal felony jury trials, in at least 5 of which a serious felony offense was tried
    • 15 Evidentiary or other hearings which involved substantial contested issues of law or fact
    • Any combination of at least 5: petition to answer, appeals, petition for post conviction relief, and motion to vacate

Interested in being a legal super hero and specializing in the area of Criminal law? 



For additional information contact:

Mabel Ramirez
Board of Legal Specialization Administrator
Phone: 602.340.7326
Email: Mabel.Ramirez@staff.azbar.org

Payment for Application, Exam, and Pro-rated Fee can be made by calling our Resource Center at 602-340-7239. In addition to your credit or debit card, please provide your bar number, specialty area, and type of payment (application, exam, or pro-rated fee).

This page is managed by Mabel Ramirez