Louisiana State Bar Association Plan of Legal Specialization


The Louisiana State Bar Association Plan of Legal Specialization was first adopted in 1993 by the Louisiana Supreme Court and was restated in its entirety in March 2017. The purpose of the Plan is to advance the standards of the legal profession by encouraging specialized education in various fields of practice. Further, the Plan is designed to promote the availability, accessibility and quality of the services of lawyers in particular fields of law in order to better serve the public interest and improve public access to appropriate legal services. The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) is charged with regulating and administering all matters pertaining to specialization in the practice of law and regulating the certification of lawyers as specialists.

The LBLS has approved board certification for some members of the bar who practice in the following areas: Appellate Practice, Business and/or Consumer Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Administration, Family Law and Tax Law. The areas of Labor Law and Employment Law will be added to this list in 2017. A list of those members who are certified in the foregoing areas of law can be found by visiting the Louisiana State Bar Association Plan of Legal Specialization website.

For members of the bar who are interested in specialization certification, the application period for Appellate Practice, Estate Planning and Administration, Employment Law, Family Law, Labor Law and Tax Law January 1 to March 31. The application period for Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law is January 1 to September 30. Information regarding specialization certification may be obtained from the Louisiana State Bar Association Plan of Legal Specialization website at www.lascmcle.org/specialization.

The LBLS has adopted written policies concerning submissions for new legal specialty areas. For information, please contact Executive Assistant Mindi Hunter at (504)619-0152 or mindi.hunter@lsba.org.
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