The certification for civil trial law was launched in 1978 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). At last count, more than 800 attorneys are Board Certified Civil Trial Law Lawyers in Texas.
For purposes of the board certification program for attorneys in Texas, the phrase "civil trial law" is defined as involving litigation of civil controversies in all areas of substantive law before state and federal courts.
Lawyers focused on civil trial law represent individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil matters.
Although not all qualified civil trial law attorneys are board certified, attorneys who have earned their status as a certified specialist have taken the extra step of submitting to evaluation.
To help the public find a board certified attorney in civil trial law in Texas, Lawyer Legion maintains this directory.
Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs and provide a dynamic directory of virtually every lawyer who has earned each certification.
Use this directory to connect with lawyers who are board certified specialists in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Start by choosing your county from the list below.
Attorneys who apply to be board certified in civil trial law in Texas must demonstrate the ability to:
The standards for certification in civil trial law were developed by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) include:
The purpose of the certification exam is to require an applicant to demonstrate substantial knowledge of significant legal concepts and corresponding skills in civil trial law.
The exam consists of a three-hour morning session with three essay questions each worth 100 points and a three-hour afternoon session with 100 multiple choice questions (10 of which involve professional ethics) each worth 2 points. The required passing score is 350.
Essay questions consist of a fact pattern followed by a series of questions (usually 4-6) for an applicant to answer. Essays are designed to require an applicant to recognize and analyze issues in the fact pattern and explain how those issues should be resolved.
The fact patterns will involve situations you would likely encounter in your practice. Essays in this area usually include litigation between a business and either another business, an ownership interest, or an employee, and sometimes litigation between a business and a consumer. It is also possible that an essay will deal with litigation between creditors and debtors or litigation between individuals involving contracts or non-personal injury torts.
The TBLS exam specifications for civil trial law were updated in July of 2019. Topics on the examination might include the following: