Paralegal Certification

Overview

The paralegal certification process includes a thorough assessment of the paralegal's experience under the supervision of a licensed Texas attorney as well as their record of Continuing Legal Education and specialty area duties.

The process also requires the completion of Baccalaureate or higher degree, or completion of an accredited paralegal program or four additional years of relevant experience. References from attorneys, judges and other professionals associated with the specialty area are evaluated, and a passing score on a half day area examination is required.

Application and Examination

The certification process for paralegals takes place in two steps: Application and Examination.

Step I: Application

The first step is initiated by the applicant and begins with a review of CLE activity. Applicants must meet a minimum, 30-hour requirement of TBLS approved courses in the specialty area.

The applicant then completes a Certification Application in the specialty area, pays an application filing fee, and upon TBLS approval, proceeds to the Examination step.

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Step II: Examination

This step consists of the preparation for, and successful completion of, a day-long examination on the applicable subject matter. An examination fee is required. The TBLS provides applicants with specialty area exam specifications covering knowledge, skills and subject matter to assist in preparation.

Exams are administered once each year, and the results are mailed to each applicant. Upon receiving a passing score, the Certification Application for a specialty area is approved.

A Certificate of Special Competence is prepared and conferred at the TBLS Annual Induction Ceremony presided over by members of the Supreme Court of Texas with distinguished members of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in attendance along with family, colleagues and friends of inductees.