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Application forms for 2023 will be accessed online through the State Bar’s membership portal.

The early application discount deadline will be April 1.

The 2023 exam schedule is listed below.

Exam Dates

The 2023 specialization exam schedule is listed below. Exams will be offered either in-person or 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 5 and 6* or
October 9 and 10*

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

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

October 16 or
October 20

*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, Workers' Compensation
Remote Exam Administration Preferred

October 24 or
October 27

Last day for in-person exam administration: October 23

Last day for remote exam administration: October 30