National trial certification exam scheduled for Oct. 15

Issue June 2005

The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists in the areas of civil, criminal, family law trial advocacy, or Social Security disability advocacy, will conduct the fall administration of the national trial certification examination on October 15.

The day-long written examination, one part of NBTA’s certification application, tests comprehensive practical knowledge of trial practice, ethics and evidence relevant to the applicant’s chosen specialty area. Attorneys interested in achieving national trial certification in the above specialties should open an NBTA application before Sept. 1, 2005 to be eligible to sit for the Oct. 15, 2005 examination. Proctor sites will include Wrentham, Mass.

NBTA has been providing the public with an objective measure of skill and expertise in the areas of trial advocacy since certifying the first class of NBTA trial advocates in 1980. There are currently some 2,500 attorneys throughout the states who actively maintain a national trial certification designation.