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Learn more about legal organizations and bar associations in Idaho including the Idaho State Bar, specialty certification programs, Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and lawyer referral services.

Legal organizations service attorneys in Idaho by providing training, continuing legal education (CLE) seminars, and networking events.

Idaho State Bar

The Idaho State Bar (ISB) is a self-governing state agency of Idaho. In 1923, the Legislature established the Idaho State Bar as an “integrated” bar. Thereafter, all attorneys practicing law in Idaho were required to be licensed by the Idaho State Bar.

Functions of the Idaho State Bar include admissions, mandatory CLE, professional conduct, client assistance fund, fee arbitration, and specialization.

Idaho State Bar
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701

Street Address:
525 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-4500


Board Certified Specialist Attorney in Idaho


Before an attorney in Idaho can advertise that he or she is a "specialist" in any area of the law, the attorney must first earn certification as a specialist under Section X of the Idaho Bar Commission Rules. The Idaho State Bar does not certify attorneys as a board-certified specialist in Idaho. Instead, it approves other organizations to certify attorneys as a specialist in specific areas of the law.

Organizations that want to become approved for specialty certification must file an Application for Accreditation with the Idaho State Bar. The organization must also pay a $200 application fee for each specialty area. As of January 28, 2013, the seven organizations that have been approved by the Idaho State Bar to certify specialists.

Other Voluntary Legal Associations in Idaho

Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


The Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) is a non-profit organization that supports criminal defense attorneys practicing in Idaho. IACDL works to improve the quality of criminal defense legal services by providing attorneys with training through continuing legal education (CLE) seminars. IACDL also influences the Idaho legislature on criminal justice issues on behalf of the organization.


Idaho Trial Lawyers Association


The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) was created in 1972. Today it has grown to more than 400 members including attorneys, legal staff and law students. The ITLA is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting the rights of citizens in the civil and criminal justice system. The ITLA offers a Certification Specialization Program. The program certifies attorneys as a specialist in the areas of Civil, Criminal and Workers’ Compensation law.

Idaho State Bar's Lawyer Referral Services


Find information about the Idaho State Bar Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) operated by the Idaho State Bar. Idaho attorneys in the lawyer referral services carry professional liability insurance. The lawyers agree to provide a 30-minute consultation if the LRS refers an attorney to the potential client seeking an initial consultation. The referral fee is $35 in most cases and free in personal injury, medical malpractice or workers' compensation cases.

This article was last updated on Friday, January 17, 2020.