Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization


The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (LBLS) was established in 1993 by the Louisiana Supreme Court 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 and to advance the standards of the legal profession by encouraging specialized education in various fields of practice.

The Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization 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 soon 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 Board 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 Board of Legal Specialization website at www.lascmcle.org/specialization.

The LBLS regularly receives requests concerning the creation of new legal specialty areas. In an effort to provide information to attorneys who desire to create new legal specialty areas, the LBLS has adopted a written policy concerning how submissions must be made. Should you need additional information concerning the creation of new legal specialty areas or if you have a question about individual specialization certification, please do not hesitate to contact LBLS Executive Director, Barbara Shafranski, at (504) 619-0128 or Barbara.shafranski@lsba.org.
Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600