Legal Specialization: What Does That Mean?

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is authorized by the Supreme Court of Texas to certify attorneys in 18 specific areas of law.  http://www.tbls.org/Cert/attexmre.pdf Board-certified attorneys have met specific requirements and passed a day long written examination.  This very rigorous and demanding certification process is both individual and voluntary.  It helps ensure that the citizens of Texas receive the highest quality legal services.

In 1991, after application for certification and having satisfied the requisite standards, James H. Barrow was awarded a Certificate of Board Specialization in each of the following areas:

Since then, Mr. Barrow was re-certified in 1996 and 2001.

Board Certification is a voluntary designation program for attorneys and legal assistants.  Initial certification is valid for a period of five years.  To remain certified, an attorney and legal assistant must apply for recertification every five years and meet substantial involvement, peer review, and continuing legal education requirements for the specialty area.

To become Board Certified in a specialty area, an attorney must have:

The requirements for Board-Certification in Commercial Real Estate Law and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law are as follows:

 

STATEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

It is the goal of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in administrating the written certification examinations, to ensure that candidates for certification in all specialty areas must, as a general matter, demonstrate special competence in the following skills and areas of knowledge.

 

Knowledge

Skills & Abilities

Commercial Area of Real Estate Law

 

Commercial Real Estate practice involves advice and services in connection with the acquisition, ownership, leasing, financing, use, transfer and disposition of real property other than residential, farm and ranch and oil, gas and mineral matters.

 

Condominiums;

Letters of Credit;

Construction Contracts

Insurance Relating to Real Estate

Eminent Domain;

Environmental Laws – CERCLA, etc;

Americans with Disabilities Act requirements;

Selection of Business Entity;

Fraudulent Conveyance; and

Ethics.

 

Farm and Ranch Area of Real Estate Law

 

Farm and Ranch Real Estate practice involves advice and services in connection with the acquisition, ownership, financing, use, transfer and disposition of farm and ranch property, including a basic knowledge of oil, gas and mineral laws.

 

Candidates are expected to have knowledge of (list is not exhaustive):

General Area of Real Estate Law

 

Candidates are expected to have knowledge of the following (list is not exhaustive):