Important Dates and Location
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.
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.
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.
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
*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
Last day for in-person exam administration: October 23
Last day for remote exam administration: October 30