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The 2021 application period has closed. The 2022 application period will be open from March 1 – May 2, 2022. Completed applications should be emailed and application fee payments should be mailed to North Carolina State Bar - Legal Specialization, PO Box 25908, Raleigh, NC 27611. The early application discount deadline is April 15.

The *tentative 2021 exam schedule is listed below.

Exam Dates

Due to public health considerations surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the 2021 specialization exam schedule is tentative at this time. We anticipate that most exams will be offered using remote proctoring. Limited requests for in-person accommodations may be granted, please contact Specialization staff to inquire. Additional information, including exam registration forms, will be provided following the August meeting of the Board of Legal Specialization.

Friday, October 22, 2021
via ExamSoft Remote Proctoring
Family Law
BETA Exams

Thursday, October 28, 2021
via ExamSoft Remote Proctoring
Appellate Practice
Criminal Law (including juvenile delinquency)
Real Property Law

Friday, October 29, 2021
via ExamSoft Remote Proctoring
Estate Planning and Probate Law
Trademark Law
Utilities Law
Workers’ Compensation Law

Business and/or Consumer Bankruptcy Law Exams
Small Courtroom, NC State Bar Building in Raleigh
Remote Proctoring is NOT an option for these exams
Friday, October 15 or
Monday, October 18 or
Monday, October 25
*If you are completing both the business and consumer exams, please contact Specialization staff to confirm additional scheduling.

Please contact Denise Mullen at with any questions. Exam results will be available Friday, December 10, 2021.