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OSBA Attorney Certification Process

Step One: Review Requirements of Certification

The Ohio State Bar Association is currently accredited to certify specialist in seven practice areas. Standards for certification for different practice areas vary, so make certain you carefully review the appropriate standards for your particular practice area.

Specialty Standards
Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Standards
Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Application
Family Relations Law Application
Federal Tax Law Application
Labor & Employment Law Application
Real Property - Business, Commercial and Industrial Law Application
Real Property - Residential Law Application
Workers' Compensation Law Standards

Step Two: Complete and Submit Application

The OSBA certifies specialists annually in each practice area. The application deadline for all practice areas is June 30. Applications may be submitted online or by regular mail after January 15.

To apply online:

  • Select and complete the appropriate application for your specialty area.
  • Upon receipt of the completed online application and fee, you will be sent a confirmation letter and "Attorney Certification and Acknowledgement Form" to sign and return.

    To apply by mail:

  • Download and print the appropriate application for your specialty area.
  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit your application and payment by mail.
  • Upon receipt of your online application and fee, you will be sent a confirmation letter.

    Application Downloads (acrobat pdf)
    Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Application
    Family Relations Law Application
    Federal Tax Law Application
    Labor & Employment Law Application
    Real Property - Business, Commercial and Industrial Law Application
    Real Property - Residential Law Application
    Workers' Compensation Law Application

  • Step Three: Take Written Examination

    The written examination is administered annually, usually in November at the OSBA offices in Columbus for eligible applicants. The examination is completely in multiple-choice format and you will be allotted four hours to complete it.

    Step Four: Be a Certified Specialist

    You will be notified by regular mail of the results of the written examination usually in mid-December. The certification period begins on January 1. You will receive a packet of information that will be helpful in promoting your newly earned credential.

    Contact OSBA


    Headquarters:

    1700 Lake Shore Drive
    Columbus, Ohio 43204

    Phone:

    (800) 282-6556


    Email:

    OSBA@Ohiobar.org

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