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WHY BOARD CERTIFICATION MATTERS
More than 70,000 lawyers are licensed to practice in Texas in various areas of law—it can be overwhelming to figure out who to call among all those names. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) makes it easier by testing and identifying outstanding legal professionals.
Terry Bryant is Board Certified in personal injury law. That means he has demonstrated his extensive knowledge of evidence, procedure, and other substantive laws involved in the trial of personal injury cases. He knows the law inside and out. He knows what he’s doing.
STRICT REQUIREMENTS AND CONTINUED EDUCATION
Only 10 percent of attorneys across 20 areas of law, including personal injury, are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, earning them the right to be recognized as specialists. Each of these attorneys had to go through a rigorous application and examination process and then complete ongoing requirements to maintain the specialist status.
To become Board Certified, attorneys must:
- have been in practice for a minimum of five years with three years of substantial involvement in an area of law,
- complete TBLS-approved Continuing Legal Education course requirements,
- furnish at least 10 qualified, vetted references,
- provide extensive, relevant experience documentation, and
- pass a comprehensive daylong, specialty area examination.
ABOUT THE TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION
The Supreme Court of Texas established the TBLS in 1974 at the request of the State Bar of Texas to promote the availability, accessibility, and quality of the services of attorneys to the public in particular areas of law, and advance the standards of the legal profession. It is the only governing board authorized to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas in Texas.
A 12-member board appointed by the president of the State Bar of Texas administers the program, which is now the nation’s largest and most successful legal Board Certification program.