Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) was established on July 16, 1974, by the State Bar of Texas. TBLS oversees the recognition and regulation of attorneys who specialize in particular areas of law in the state of Texas. Today, the organization certifies attorneys in 24 different specialty areas and paralegals in six specialty areas.[1][2][3]


The TBLS' purpose is to advance the standards of the legal profession and support the availability, accessibility and quality of services provided by Texas attorneys to the public in selected areas of law.[1][4]


The TBLS is overseen by twelve members who are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas and approved by its Board of Directors. It has authority over all matters relating legal specialization in Texas and is subject to ongoing jurisdiction by the Supreme Court of Texas.[1][5]

Specialty areas[edit]

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization certifies attorneys in the following selected areas of Texas law:[1][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Texas Plan for Recognition and Regulations of Specialization in the Law, Supreme Court of Texas, September 2010
  2. ^ Professionalism and Legal Specialization Twenty Years of the Texas Lawyer's Creed, Gary McNeil, Texas Bar Journal, November 2009
  3. ^ Texas Paralegal Standards, State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division
  4. ^ Attorney Board Certification Increasing as Needs Grow Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine, Leslie Wimmer, Fort Worth Business Press, August 31, 2009
  5. ^ About Us, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  6. ^ Bar-Related Entities, State Bar of Texas
  7. ^ State Sponsored Certification Plans, American Bar Association

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