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:
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.
- Arizona Board of Legal Specialization Rules and Regulations, click here.