Why Board Certified?

Impeccable Credentials

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization's Board Certified Paralegal foundation is unmatched and unrivaled.

The TBLS was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas at the request of State Bar of Texas to "...serve the public interest and advance the standards of the legal profession." No other specialized paralegal certification program can match that heritage.

Over 20 Years of Excellence

The TBLS commitment to excellence extended into the paralegal profession in 1994 when the organization became the first state-associated program in the nation to certify paralegals in specialty areas of law.

Singular Professional Achievement

Board Certification is a singular professional achievement few paralegals achieve. It is also a significant personal accomplishment.

Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification distinguishes a paralegal as having substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated and tested special competence in that area of law.

Distinguished Few

There are several thousand paralegals in Texas. Fewer than 400 are Board Certified by the TBLS.

TBLS Board Certified Paralegals earn the right to represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of Texas law. This designation distinguishes them as a paralegal with the highest, professional commitment to excellence in their area of law.

The application process is voluntary and extensive.  The examination is rigorous.  The rewards are high.

Lifetime Excellence

Board Certification is not a one-time event. It requires an ongoing involvement in the specialty area which is periodically substantiated with references from peers in that field. It also requires annual professional refreshment through TBLS approved, continuing legal education course work to stay abreast of current trends in law.


Few Texas paralegals have answered the highest, voluntary certification challenge laid down over 20 years ago by a premier organization founded by the Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas.

Are you ready to step up to Board Certification?