Step 1: Register and prepare for the Legal Specialist Examination.
Step 2: Gain experience, complete education, and secure references, either before or after the examination.
If you passed the 2017 examination, you have until April 27, 2019, to submit your post-examination application or request an extension for good cause through the Applicant Portal. Extensions cannot be granted beyond January 2021. The most common reason an extension is requested is that a person has not yet completed the full five years in practice required for a review of the application.
After passing the exam, you can submit a post-examination application for certification through the Applicant Portal. Your certification application will need the following information for the California Board of Legal Specialization (CBLS) to review:
You may begin tracking these requirements through the Applicant Portal before taking the examination. Note that you will not be able to submit your application until after successfully passing the Legal Specialist Examination.
The review process generally takes about six months from the time you file your post-examination application.
Initial Certification fee: $300
Annual fee: $360
Recertification fee: $350 (every five years)