Board of Legal Specialization

What is the application process? 

  • Applications for initial certification and recertification are submitted electronically to BLS by August 1 each year. The application fee is $300.  Applications received after August 1 are assessed a $75 late fee.  Applications received after October 1 may not be accepted for the application cycle.  (Section VI. BLS Rules & Regulations). 
  • Initial Certification Applicants: Applications are processed by the State Bar. Once ready for review, applications are submitted to the Advisory Commissions (AC).  The AC reviews the applications and peer reviews. If favorable, the applicant is notified – typically by the end of January - that they have been approved to sit for the specialization examination.   The examinations are usually scheduled in April.  Exam results are submitted to the Bar and if the applicant receives a passing score, the AC will recommend certification to BLS who act upon the recommendation at the next available meeting. The application process, including the examination, may take up to twelve (12) months.
  • Recertification Applicants: Applications are processed by the State Bar. Once ready for review, applications are submitted to the Advisory Commissions (AC).  The AC reviews the applications and peer reviews, then submits their recommendations for recertification to BLS. BLS act upon the recommendations at the next available meeting. The application process may take six (6) to eight (8) months from receipt of the complete application.

 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 Worker's 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 (8) practice areas: Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Estate and Trust, Family Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Real Estate, Tax and Workers’ Compensation.  BLS is subject to the jurisdiction of the Arizona Supreme Court (Rule 44, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.) and is governed by the Rules and Regulations of the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS Rules & Regulations).

 Advisory Commissions (AC) are established for each area of law. The AC for each field is charged with administering the program in its particular field, in cooperation with and under the guidance of BLS.  (Section IV, BLS Rules & Regulations).

For additional information contact:

Deanna Commack
Board of Legal Specialization Administrator
Phone: 602.340.7326
Email: Deanna.Commack@staff.azbar.org 




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