Board Certification in Family Law in Texas

Less than 1% of Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. What does this mean, and is it important to your case?

Board Certified Lawyers go through an extensive application process to be even allowed to sit for a Board Certification Exam. There are a variety of requirements, including:

  • Practice at least 5 years in a narrow speciality area;
  • Large numbers of trials, mediations and appeals;
  • Many Temporary Orders hearings;
  • Fitness and ethics requirements; and,
  • Input from already Board Certified colleagues.

If an attorney passes through this gauntlet, they are allowed to sit for the Exam. That takes places once a year. The test is 5 hours long and consists of 3 long essay questions, and 100 multiple choice questions. The passage rate varies from 1/3rd to 1/2 most years.

Once an attorney is Board Certified, they must go through a re-certification process each 5 years. This requires a high level of ethical conduct and CLE attendance.