Why Choose a Board Certified Lawyer?

What It Means To Be A Board Certified Attorney


The Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognizes attorneys in various areas of law, who because of experience, training and examination are awarded certificates of special competence.
Q:  What are the general requirements for Board Certification?
A: An attorney must meet the following requirements:

  • Licensed for at least 5 years
  • Three years of practice in specialty
  • Devote 25-50% of practice to field of specialty
  • Handled a wide variety of cases in field to demonstrate substantial involvement
  • Attendance at continuing legal education seminars
  • Approval of judges and colleagues
  • Passage of written examination


Q: What areas of law have a Board Certification program?
A: Currently the Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognizes the following fields of law for Board Certification:

  •     Administrative
  •     Bankruptcy
  •     Civil Appellate
  •     Civil Trial
  •     Criminal
  •     Estate Planning and Probate
  •     Family
  •     Immigration and Nationality
  •     Labor
  •     Oil, Gas and Mineral
  •     Personal Injury Trial
  •     Real Estate
  •     Tax


Q: How many attorneys are currently Board Certified?
A: There are approximately 4,600 Texas attorneys now board certified out of a total State Bar membership of almost 51,000.
Q: How long does an attorney remain certified?
A: Certification is for a period of 5 years.  In order to remain certified after that time, the attorney must apply for recertification and meet the requirements for continuing legal education and substantial involvement in their specialty field every 5 years.
Q: How does the consumer know whether an attorney is Board Certified?
A: A Board Certified attorney is entitled to indicate certification on the business card and letterhead, display the Certificate of Special Competence, and the certification in legal directories and telephone listings under “Attorneys (or Lawyers) – Board Certified”.

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