Application for Appointment Information
This board administers the State Bar of California Program for Certifying Legal Specialists, with the assistance of 11 specialty Advisory Commissions. This program was created by the California Supreme Court to promote attorney competence and provide consumers with an independent means to verify an attorney’s qualifications.
The CBLS recommends program rules and provides policies and guidelines for certification of specialists; develops testing and legal education criteria for specialists; and advises the Board of Trustees on establishment of specialty fields and appointment of advisory commissions.
The Advisory Commissions assist the CBLS with the drafting and grading of the legal specialist examinations. The CBLS consists of 12 attorney members from a wide range of practice areas, at least 10 of whom must be certified specialists, and three non-lawyer public members. Each Advisory Commission consists of 8 attorneys experienced in the specialty area, plus one non-lawyer public member. Terms are four years.
Currently, lawyers can earn certificates of specialization in the following areas of law: Admiralty and Maritime Law, Appellate Law, Bankruptcy Law, Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, Family Law, Franchise and Distribution Law, Immigration and Nationality Law, Legal Malpractice Law, Taxation Law, and Workers' Compensation Law.
Deadline for 2017 applications: February 8, 2017
2017-18 terms begin: Conclusion of 2017 State Bar Annual Meeting