Criminal Legal Specialization
Specialists are Experienced. Respected. Tested. Certified.
You are eligible to apply to be certified as a Criminal Law Specialist if you have been admitted to the practice of law continuously for at least 7 years, and during the 2 immediately preceding years you engaged in the practice of law within the State of Arizona. After admission, you must have engaged in legal service on an annual basis equivalent to at least 50% or more of a full-time practice. Combine these qualifications with your high ethical standards, excellent peer reviews, specialized legal education, and tested knowledge to achieve the honorable distinction of Certified Specialist.
Your experience will be measured by your substantial involvement in the field of Criminal Law, as follows:
- 5 years immediately preceding the application being devoted to 50% of a full-time practice to criminal law matters, and
- During that period serving as a principal counsel of record in at least 125 additional criminal matters
- Basic Experience Requirements of
- 10 Criminal felony jury trials, in at least 5 of which a serious felony offense was tried
- 15 Evidentiary or other hearings which involved substantial contested issues of law or fact
- Any combination of at least 5: petition to answer, appeals, petition for post conviction relief, and motion to vacate
Interested in being a legal super hero and specializing in the area of Criminal law?
For additional information contact:
Board of Legal Specialization Administrator