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During the five years preceding application:

Average of at least 500 hours a year.

Minimum of 400 hours for any one year.

Practice equivalents may be accepted for the following:

  • service as a judge of any bankruptcy court, service as a clerk of any bankruptcy court, or service as a standing trustee;
  • corporate or government service, including military service, after admission to the bar of any state, the District of Columbia, or any U.S. territorial possession, but only if the bankruptcy work done was legal advice or representation of the corporation, governmental unit, or individuals connected therewith;
  • service as a deputy or assistant clerk of any bankruptcy court, as a research assistant to a bankruptcy judge, or as a law professor teaching bankruptcy and/or debtor-creditor related courses may be substituted for one year of experience to meet the five-year requirement.


During the five years preceding application:

At least 60 hours of accredited CLE in bankruptcy law.

No less than 6 credits in any one year.


Must provide the names of ten lawyers or judges who are familiar with the competence and qualification of the applicant in bankruptcy law.

All references must be licensed and in good standing to practice law and must have significant legal or judicial experience in bankruptcy law.

A reference may not be related by blood or marriage to the applicant nor may the reference be a colleague at the applicant’s place of employment at the time of the application.

A reference may not be a judge of any bankruptcy court.


Additional provisions may apply, so please review the recertification standards set forth in 27 NCAC Subchapter D, Sections .2200.