State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Out of more than 17,000 practicing attorneys in Arizona, approximately 700 have earned recognition as a board-certified specialist. Arizona attorneys certified as a specialist must submit to re-evaluation every five years. The re-certification process confirms the attorney's commitment to continuing legal education and involvement in the specialty field of law.
Only attorneys in Arizona who are board certified as specialists are permitted to advertise that status as a certified specialist on business cards and letterhead, list the certification in legal directories and telephone listings, and display the certificate awarded by Arizona's Board of Legal Specialization unless their practice is admiralty or patent law.
Board-certified Arizona attorneys have met high standards to earn such a designation which gives them a distinct marketing advantage. The programs also help the public by giving them an option to find a group of attorneys who have focused on a particular practice area of the law and earned a designation for that specialization.
Areas of Specialization for Board Certified Attorneys in Arizona
The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization recognizes attorneys who have submitted to the highest form of evaluation in eight (8) areas of specialization including:
- Criminal Law
- Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
- Workers' Compensation
- Family Law
- Estate and Trust
- Real Estate Law
- Tax Law
Minimum Requirements for an Attorney to Become a Board Certified Specialist in Arizona
Lawyers in Arizona designated as certified specialists have been evaluated in a particular practice area for their knowledge, skills, integrity and professionalism. The Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona vested the Board of Legal Specialization ("BLS") the authority to determine the minimum requirements for certification.
The minimum requirements are in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the BLS. For the attorney to become a certified specialist in Arizona, the attorney must meet certain minimum requirements including:
- Pass a written examination;
- Devote 50-70% of the lawyer's practice to the specialty area of the law;
- Show experience in resolving a certain number of cases in the specialty area of the law;
- Have at least five (5) years experience; and
- Receive a favorable peer review from attorneys and judges familiar with the attorneys' practice.
Each specialty area has additional task requirements. For instance, read more about specialty certification in criminal law in Arizona.
Application for Appointment to the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization - Beginning in the spring of 2017, the form or application can be used by those wishing to be considered for appointment to the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization or a Commission for the year July 2018 through June 2018.
Contact Information on Arizona's Certified Legal Specialists ProgramState Bar of Arizona Legal Specialization and MCLE
111 W. Monroe, Suite 1800
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Phone: (602) 340-7326
Disclaimer: Lawyer Legion is not endorsed or approved by any state or national board certification program or by any bar association, including the State Bar of Arizona. At Lawyer Legion, we understand the important role that specialty certification programs play in helping the public find an attorney in Arizona.
This article was last updated on Friday, September 29, 2017.