Gentle reader, if you haven’t considered becoming a specialist in appellate practice, here is your opportunity.

Becoming a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice can be a great way to enhance your career.    The application period is now open on the State Bar Member’s Portal.  Applications will be accepted through May 1st, and we offer an early filing $50 discount for applications submitted by April 1st.   The specialization program identifies North Carolina lawyers who are experienced and knowledgeable in a specific practice area, thereby providing clients with a reliable credential. Specialists can advertise their specialty certification and are included in our online searchable directory. Only five percent of qualified NC lawyers have earned the distinction of board certification. You can learn more about the program at There, you’ll find details about the application process and requirements. You can also file a Declaration of Intent if you plan to apply in a future year.
Please contact State Bar staff with any questions you may have.
Denise Mullen                                                                       Sheila Saucier                                                   The North Carolina State Bar
Board of Legal Specialization
PO Box 25908
Raleigh, NC  27611-5908
919-828-4620 x 265  

Specialty Certification Areas

Appellate Practice ● Business and Consumer Bankruptcy ● Child Welfare ● Criminal (including Juvenile Delinquency) ● Elder Law ● Estate Planning and Probate ● Family ● Immigration ● Privacy and Information Security ● Commercial and Residential Real Property ● Social Security Disability ● Trademark ● Utilities ● Workers’ Compensation