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Certification Application

A summary of the standards for certification can be found here.

The 2021 certification application will be available beginning March 1, 2021.

Recertification Application

Recertification Application

Recertification Supplemental Materials

Appellate Practice

Criminal Law

Social Security Disability Law

Workers' Compensation Law

Waiver of Strict Compliance

Initial Certification - Request for a Waiver of Strict Compliance

Recertification - Request for a Waiver of Strict Compliance 

NC LEAF Application

Scholarships Opportunities for Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Legal Service Providers: As a lawyer who works in public service, you may have the opportunity to qualify for a scholarship to cover the specialization application fee. A limited number of scholarships are available through a joint program with the NC Legal Education Assistance Foundation (NC LEAF), so apply early! For information about NC LEAF, visit their website.

The 2020 application period has closed. The board will accept applications for the 2021 NC LEAF Specialization Scholarship beginning in January 2021.

NC LEAF Application

Please contact Denise Mullen with any questions about the application process.

Declaration of Intent to Apply for Specialty Certification

Submission of this declaration form allows the specialization staff to review the applicant’s progress toward meeting the standards for certification, as well as to keep the applicant informed of application deadlines and other available resources. No payment is due with the declaration.

Declaration Form or contact Denise Mullen for a PDF form.

Peer Reference Form

If you need a peer reference form, please contact Lanice Heidbrink.

Nomination Forms

For Service and Excellence Awards