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The Why and How of Becoming a North Carolina Board Certified Legal Specialist

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a North Carolina State Bar board certified legal specialist, and key requirements for certification.

Certification Standard Summaries

A summary of certification standards by practice area has been created. Additional provisions may apply.

The Specialty Exams

Important information about exam dates, location, and fees, as well as exam study guides for the legal specialization examinations.

For Board Certified Specialists

Information about maintaining and renewing certification, marketing your certification, and updating your online profile.

Legal Specialization Forms

Here you will find forms to apply for specialty certification and recertification, and other specialization-related documents.

Fees for Certification

Information on fees to become and maintain certification as a NC legal specialist.


Links to ABA accredited organizations that also offer legal specialty certification.

Creating a New Specialty

Find out how to ask the Legal Specialization Board to consider adding a new specialty area.

Service and Excellence Awards

Each year the specialization awards are presented, based on nominations received from board certified specialists. Learn more about the awards including how to nominate a specialist to receive a reward, and view a list of past recipients.

Download the 2023 Directory of Legal Specialists