Legal Specialization Forms
The application period for Initial Certification will open on March 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted through the State Bar Membership Portal. Early applications, filed by April 1, will qualify for a reduced application fee. Please direct any questions about eligibility to Sheila Saucier, certification coordinator. The application deadline is May 2, 2022.
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Supplemental Application Forms (Recertification)
Estate planning recertification applicants do NOT need to complete a supplemental form.
Supplemental Application Forms (Certification)
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 initial certification 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 board will accept applications for the 2022 NC LEAF Specialization Scholarship beginning on January 15, 2022. The scholarship application is now a part of the certification application, available through the State Bar Member’s Portal.
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.