Board Certification

An Attorney who is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law must have experience in the preparation and trial of serious criminal matters. The attorney must also have extensive knowledge of state and federal constitutional law, evidence, procedure and penal laws involved in the trial of these matters.

Initial certification is valid for a period of five years. To remain certified, an attorney must apply for recertification every five years, meet practice, peer review and continuing education requirements.

The consumer can identify a Criminal Law Certified attorney in one of many ways. A Criminal Law Board Certified attorney may indicate certification on business cards or letterhead by stating “Board Certified in Criminal Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization.” An attorney may also display the Certificate of Special Competence awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and list the certification in legal directories, and other media as “Attorneys – Board Certified.”

To become Board Certified in Criminal Law in Texas, an attorney must:

• Be licensed to practice law for at least five years;

• Devote a required percentage of practice to criminal law for at least three years;

• Handle a wide variety of criminal law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement;

• Attend criminal law continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training current;

• Be evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges;

• Pass a day-long written examination to demonstrate expertise and a command of the legal issues associated with the practice of criminal law in state and federal courts.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by, and operates under the authority of, the Supreme Court of Texas. Its members are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas.

The Board administers the program by which an attorney may earn a certificate of special competence in a particular field of law. The program is voluntary and is funded entirely by fees imposed on participating attorneys.

For more information you may write to:
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
P.O. Box 12487, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711-2487

or call:

Toll Free: (800) 204-2222, ext. 1454
Direct: (512) 453-7266
Fax: (512) 453-7220

or visit:

www.tbls.org