Residential Real Estate Specialist Certification Program

The Real Property Section of the Connecticut Bar Association has created the Residential Real Estate Specialist Certification program to help the public identify attorneys who are competent, experienced, and skilled in the area of residential real estate law and to raise the level of practice in this area of law.

The Legal Specialization Screening Committee and the Rules Committee of the Superior Court have approved the CBA’s certification program. This approval process insures that our program has met the court’s strict standards. Only attorneys who have been formally certified may use the designation "Board Certified Residential Real Estate Specialist" on business cards, letterhead, and other advertisements. See the links below for more information.

Attorneys who wish to apply for the designation “Board Certified Residential Real Estate Specialist” must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate that no less than twenty-five percent of their total practice has been in the area of residential real estate law;
  • Have been engaged in the practice of law in Connecticut for at least five years and be a member in good standing of each bar in which the attorney is admitted;
  • Maintain an errors and omissions policy with minimum limits of $1,000,000 per claim;
  • Have a satisfactory disciplinary and malpractice history;
  • Accumulate a minimum of thirty-six hours of continuing legal education activities in the area of residential real estate law, including at least six hours of ethics in the three years prior to filing the application;
  • Have a minimum of five references from other attorneys or judges knowledgeable regarding the applicant’s practice and competence; and
  • Pass a one-day written examination.

Interested in applying?

The CBA examining and standing committee on residential real estate certification will hold an exam to certify specialists on February 28, 2020. The process to become eligible to sit for the exam begins with filing a notice of intent to apply by October 10, 2019.

Residential Real Estate Specialist Certification Program Regulations
2020 Residential Real Estate Specialist Certification Applicant's Bulletin

If you have any questions, please contact Phanny Cahill, Education Coordinator at pcahill@ctbar.org.