Becoming an attorney starts with a license from the State Bar of California. Becoming a certified legal specialist takes a few extra steps.
Start by registering for the certified specialist examination, which is scheduled every two years. The last one-day exam took place on Oct. 24, 2017 at the Oakland and Pasadena Convention Centers.
You are eligible to register if you are licensed with the State Bar of California, have practiced in the specialty area since January 2016 for at least 25 percent of the time and you can complete and file your application documenting the remaining education, experience and references by January 2021.
You can review the general program rules and specific standards for certification in your specialty. Before the exam, information packets will be posted that can be downloaded for free. They contain actual sample questions and more details about the exam.
If you pass the exam, you can file an application for certification. Your certification application will need additional information for the certified specialization office to review. You must:
Annual fee: $360
Recertification fee: $350 (every five years)
There is also a charge for taking the examination. See more information on the certified legal specialist exam.