Register for the legal specialist exam Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Categories: Top Headlines Attorneys have until Sept. 2 to receive a discount on the fee to take the State Bar's legal specialist exam being given this fall. As of late July, about 1,000 people had registered to take the exam being given in San Francisco and Los Angeles on Oct. 24 – a record number. There is space for up to 300 more. The exam registration is currently $250 but will rise to $350 on Sept. 2. Taking the exam is one prerequisite of becoming a certified specialist in one of 11 practice areas. See becoming a certified specialist for more information.