Application Process


Congratulations on making the decision to become Board Certified by the NBTA. Before registering we recommend reviewing the NBTA standards for your specialty area. If you meet the requirements, REGISTER with the NBTA and then you will be able to complete the application. It only takes a few minutes to register and you will then be provided a link to the application of your chosen specialty. There is no charge to register to apply. You will only need to submit payment when you complete your application. The cost to submit your application is $400.
  1. Review the Standards for Certification for the specialty you wish to apply for 
  2. Initial Registration
  3. Application
  4. Submit Payment for Application ($400)
  5. Review & Approval of application by the NBTA to sit for the Exam
  6. Register & Sit for the Examination ($400)
  7. Upon passing the examination you will receive your certificate along with a welcome package to the NBTA




Important note concerning special agreement with The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education:  If you are contemplating applying for NBTA Board Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Trial Advocacy or Family Law Trial Advocacy and you are a member of the Florida Bar, please DO NOT apply unless you are already Board Certified by the Florida Bar in their similar specialty area. If you are interested in applying for certification with the Florida Bar they can be reached at: 850-561-5850.
You can see an EXAMPLE of the application here and the worksheets needed for completion.  Please note your application may differ based on your chosen specialty area of law. This is strictly to provide an example of what the application will look like to you when you are completing it.


NBTA Application Example

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Board certification in your legal specialty provides reliable evidence of your knowledge and proficiency to other attorneys and potential clients:

  • Attorneys look for ABA-approved certification when referring clients to out-of-town law firms.

  • Legal rating services - including Super Lawyers - use certification as a key criterion when ranking attorneys.

  • Potential clients see board certification as an important distinction when choosing an attorney.

Board certification in your legal specialty improves your chances to gain professional appointments and invitations:

  • Board-certified lawyers enjoy greater opportunities to serve on bar committees, to gain teaching posts or to earn speaking invitations.

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