27 NCAC 01D .2606 STANDARDS FOR CONTINUED CERTIFICATION AS A SPECIALIST
The period of certification is five years. Prior to the expiration of the certification period, a certified specialist who desires continued certification must apply for continued certification within the time limit described in Paragraph (d) of this Rule. No examination will be required for continued certification. However, each applicant for continued certification as a specialist shall comply with the specific requirements set forth below in addition to any general standards required by the board of all applicants for continued certification.
(1) Substantial Involvement ‑ The specialist must demonstrate that, for each of the five years preceding application, he or she has had substantial involvement in the specialty as defined in Rule .2605(b) of this Section.
(2) Continuing Legal Education ‑ The specialist must have earned no less than 60 hours of accredited continuing legal education credits in immigration law as accredited by the board. At least 30 of the 60 CLE credit hours must be earned during the first three years after certification or recertification, as applicable. Of the 60 hours, at least 52 must be in immigration law; the balance may be in the related areas of federal administrative procedure, trial advocacy, evidence, taxation, family law, employment law, and criminal law and procedure.
(3) Peer Review ‑ The specialist must comply with the requirements of Rule .2605(d) of this Section.
(4) Time for Application ‑ Application for continued certification shall be made not more than 180 days nor less than 90 days prior to the expiration of the prior period of certification.
(5) Lapse of Certification ‑ Failure of a specialist to apply for continued certification in a timely fashion will result in a lapse of certification. Following such lapse, recertification will require compliance with all requirements of Rule .2605 of this Section, including the examination.
(6) Suspension or Revocation of Certification ‑ If an applicant's certification has been suspended or revoked during the period of certification, then the application shall be treated as if it were for initial certification under Rule .2605 of this Section.
History Note: Authority G.S. 84-4;
Eff. March 6, 1997.