Get Certified

Attorneys who wish to apply for certification do so by following the process outlined below. Application deadlines and applicable fees may be found in the TBLS Fees & Application Schedule. To avoid common mistakes, refer to the Helpful Tips and FAQ before beginning the application process.

Certification Task List:

Step I: Application

  1. The attorney certification process is governed by the Texas Plan for Recognition and Regulation of Specialization in the Law.

  2. Read the Rules and Regulations as well as the Standards for Certification for the specialty area you are interested in.

  3. Download and review a Sample 2014 Application from our Application Request page.

  4. Review your TBLS CLE Summary Report to determine your CLE standing with respect to a specific specialty area. There is a minimum, 60-hour requirement, and only TBLS approved courses in the specialty area count towards the CLE requirement.

  5. Use the TBLS CLE Approved Course Search page to find qualifying courses.

  6. Apply online when the 2015 applications become available.

  7. Upon the receipt of your completed application and application fee, a TBLS Certification Analyst performs an initial administrative check and resolves any deficiencies. Please respond promptly to requests for additional information or clarification.

  8. The appropriate TBLS specialty area Advisory Commission reviews and votes on each attorney's certification application. Approved applicants are allowed to take specialty area examinations.

Step II: Examination

  1. Approved applicants receive examination registration information by mail, pay the appropriate Attorney Examination fee then take a day-long examination. Exams are administered only once each year. Attorney Exam Specifications for each specialty area covering knowledge, skills and subject matter are available online for use in preparing for exams.

    Approved applicants have two opportunities to pass an examination: once during their initial application year and once the following year if the TBLS approves the application for re-submission.

  2. Examination results are sent to the applicant by mail.

  3. Upon meeting all qualifications and passing the examination, an attorney is considered Board Certified and is conferred a Certificate of Special Competence in a specialty area of law.

Should you experience any difficulties, please contact the TBLS or call us at 1-855-277-TBLS(8257), or 512-453-7266 in Austin. One of our Certification Analysts will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the certification process.