The State Bar certifies legal specialists who have gone beyond the standard licensing requirements.
To be certified, attorneys must complete 45 hours of education in their specialty field during the three years before they apply to the certified legal specialization program.
The State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization must approve each attorney’s application. Organizations whose certification program is State Bar-accredited can also certify attorneys, but their certification requirements must equal or exceed those of the State Bar of California’s program.
Other attorneys and judges must also give applicants a favorable evaluation.
Once certified, attorneys must maintain their certification by completing and reporting 36 hours of education every three years along with their MCLE compliance group.