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October 15, 2012
Certification deadline nears

Florida Bar members interested in board certification must submit applications by October 31 for 12 of Florida’s 24 legal specialization areas.

Applications are available on The Florida Bar website at FloridaBar.org/certification, and must be postmarked by October 31 for the following specialties: Antitrust & Trade Regulation; Business Litigation; City, County & Local Government; Construction Law; Criminal Appellate; Criminal Trial; Health Law; Intellectual Property; Real Estate; State/Federal Government and Administrative Practice; Wills, Trusts & Estates; and Workers’ Compensation.

Board certified lawyers are the only Florida lawyers who may use the terms “specialist,” “expert,” or “B.C.S.” for Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials.

Board certification evaluates attorneys’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. About 4,600 of Florida’s 93,000 lawyers have earned board certification. Florida offers 24 specialty areas for board certification, more than any other state.

“The Florida Bar’s board certification program is one of the best in the country,” said Florida Bar President Gwynne A. Young. “It assists the public in locating lawyers who have demonstrated their level of skill, excellence, and commitment to professionalism.”

Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Board certification applications, requirements, and staff contact information are available at FloridaBar.org/certification.

[Revised: 11-15-2013]