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The 2022 application period will be open from March 1 – May 2, 2022. Application forms will be accessed online through the state bar’s membership portal.

The early application discount deadline is April 1.

The *tentative 2022 exam schedule is listed below.

Exam Dates

Due to public health considerations surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the 2022 specialization exam schedule is tentative at this time. We anticipate that most exams will be offered both in-person as well as through remote proctoring. It is preferred that examinees come to the State Bar building for exams that require the use of open book materials or attachments. Please contact specialization staff regarding requests for accommodations. Additional information, including exam registration forms, will be provided following the August meeting of the Board of Legal Specialization.

Elder Law
Remote Exam Administration

See the National Elder Law Foundation calendar for upcoming exam dates. *State Bar staff members can be available as on-site proctors upon request.

Bankruptcy Law
State Bar Building in Raleigh

October 6 and 7* or
October 10 and 11*

*2nd day required ONLY for those seeking certification in both business and consumer bankruptcy law.

Appellate Practice, Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Immigration, Juvenile Delinquency, Real Property, Utilities Law and Trademark Law
State Bar Building in Raleigh preferred

October 13 or
October 17 or
October 24

*2nd day required ONLY for those seeking certification in both residential and commercial real property law. Please contact specialization staff to schedule.

Child Welfare Law, Family Law, Privacy and Information Security Law, Social Security Disability, Worker’s Compensation
Remote Exam Administration preferred

October 21 or
October 25


Last day for remote exam administration: October 27
Last day for in-person exam administration: October 28