For purposes of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) board certification program, the term "administrative law" is defined as the practice of law dealing with the regulatory, licensing, enforcement, and adjudicative powers of local, state and federal governmental agencies.
The certification for administrative law launched in 1989. At last count, there were 108 lawyers who have earned board certification as a specialist in administrative law in Texas.
Before an attorney can become board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the attorney must satisfy the standards for attorney certification approved by the Supreme Court of Texas. The standards for attorney certification in administrative law by the TBLS are divided into two parts: general requirements and specific area requirements.
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The general requirements to become board certified as a specialist in "administrative law" include:
The specific area requirements can be found in Part II of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) standards for attorney certification. As part of those specific requirements, the attorney that applies to become a board certified specialist in administrative law by the TBLS must:
To become recertified as a specialist in administrative law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the applicant must have devoted a minimum of 30% of his or her time practicing Texas or federal administrative law during each year of the 5 year period of certification as defined in Section XIII, A of the Specific Area Requirements for Administrative Law except as provided for in Part I–General Requirements, Section VI, C,1(b).
The attorney must submit a minimum of 5 names and addresses of persons to be contacted as references to attest to his or her competence in administrative law. These persons must be substantially involved in administrative law, and be familiar with the applicant"s administrative law practice.
The attorney must submit names of persons with whom he or she has had dealings involving administrative law matters within the 3 years immediately preceding application.
The attorney must submit the following types of references:
The purpose of the certification exam is to require an applicant to demonstrate substantial knowledge of significant legal concepts and corresponding skills in administrative law. The essay questions involve situations administrative law attorneys would likely encounter in their practice and include issues, by way of example only, as to whether or not:
The multiple choice questions are designed to test a breadth of issues in the specialty area and require an applicant to select the option that represents the best available answer. An applicant in administrative law is expected to understand all aspects of contested case hearings, including discovery, procedure, burden of proof and evidence issues.
A detailed list of required knowledge in administrative law is set out below:
Administrative Law Specialty Area on the TBLS website - Visit the website of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization to find the definition of "administrative law." Find more about attorneys that have substantial involvement and special competence in the practice of administrative law governing Texas and Federal governmental agencies, including representing clients before administrative agencies, practicing law within those agencies, and handling judicial proceedings involving those agencies.
Directory of Administrative Law Attorneys in Texas - Visit Lawyer Legion, an online attorney directory, to find lawyers focused on administrative law in Texas. Our directory puts a special emphasis on attorneys certified as a specialist in administrative law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS).