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Become Board Certified – deadline to apply is June 30, 2017

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on May 31, 2017

Step Up and Specialize
GET CERTIFIEDBoard Certified Paralegals earn their specialization credentials through a combination of experience, advanced continuing legal education, professional references and examination.

The Board Certification process is purposefully rigorous and specific to meet the objectives set forth by the Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas to ‘…serve the public interest and to advance the standards of the legal profession.”

We invite you to step up to the challenge.


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Be Part of the Elite – Paralegal Board Certification Program

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on February 21, 2013



The Texas Board of Legal Specialization “TBLS” for attorneys is a very successful program that recognizes the high degree of knowledge and quality offered by an elite 7,000 attorneys.   There are also an elite 330 Texas Board Certified Paralegals.  The Texas Board of Legal Specialization established the Paralegal Board Certification Program in 1994 to recognize paralegals who have achieved a level of special knowledge in a particular area of law and their quality of service.  The Program is the first and only one of its kind in the country.

The qualification process for a paralegal includes:

* A minimum of five years of actual experience as a paralegal

* A thorough assessment of the paralegal’s experience and duties under the supervision of a licensed Texas attorney

* 30 hours of Continuing Legal Education in the Specialty Area

* Completion of a Baccalaureate or higher degree, or completion of an accredited paralegal program or 2 additional years of relevant paralegal experience

Specialty Areas of Law for Paralegal Certifications:

Bankruptcy Law
Civil Trial Law
Criminal Law
Estate Planning & Probate Law
Family Law
Personal Injury Trial Law
Real Estate Law

Why not become part of the elite?  TBLS staff are friendly and there to assist you so do not hesitate to call them or email them!

Please request a form via email to tbls@tbls.org.

►  Examination for Paralegal Board Certification will be mid-October, 2013 in Austin.

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Congratulations to the PD’s newest CORE Registered Paralegals

Posted by PD Membership on August 19, 2011

In June 11, 2011, 188 paralegals took the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam® pilot test at 12 test sites across the country. Of the paralegals who completed the test, 148 achieved a passing score of 550 or better. Sixteen Texas paralegals passed the CORE Registered Paralegal Exam, including two PD members: Connie Guinn and Laura Hepner.

Congratulations, Connie and Laura!

These paralegals are the very first CORE Registered Paralegals® and are now entitled to use the CRP® credential. Congratulations to all who passed!

This new entry-level exam should become available in mid-to-late 2011, and will be offered to those newer paralegals non yet eligible to sit for the PACE (Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam). Click here to download a brochure about the CORE exam; additional information will be released at www.paralegal.org.

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TBLS filing period now open for paralegals

Posted by PD Membership on March 2, 2011

Thinking of becoming TBLS certified? TBLS’ filing period for paralegals is now open until April 1, 2011.

The Texas Board of Legal Specializations (TBLS) offers advanced certification for paralegals working in Texas.  Paralegal certification “recognizes and promotes the availability, quality, and utilization of the services of paralegals who, working under the supervision of duly licensed attorneys, have achieved a level of special knowledge in particular areas of law… .” [from www.tbls.org]

Paralegals can access the application directly at Paralegal Certification or visit www.tbls.org and choose About TBLS, to access requirements and download applications for certification in the following specialty areas: Criminal Law, Civil Trial Law, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, and Real Estate Law.

Contact Molly Galvez with questions regarding paralegal certification at their toll free number 855.277.TBLS(8257) or local Austin office number 512.453.7266, ext. 102.  Ms. Galvez may also be reached via email at mgalvez@texasbar.com.

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TBLS, the initials that set Texas attorneys and paralegals apart

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on July 12, 2009

tblsDid you know that Texas is one of only a few states that has a special certification exam for paralegals? This exam, administered by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created in the early 1990s and continues to be the preeminent certification in the State of Texas. In 2008, the “Texas Paralegal Journal” dedicated an issue to certification of paralegals.  Two articles on the TBLS exams continue to be relevant and worth rereading, if you are considering sitting for any of the TBLS exams. The first article details the history of the TBLS exams and how to apply to take an exam.  The second article covers the process after certification including the necessary CLE to keep the certification current.

The TBLS designation is prestige in the State of Texas, especially since it is the only designation that attorneys and paralegals can share. If you have any questions or need information about the TBLS exams, please visit the TBLS website at www.tbls.org.

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