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Admiralty & Maratime LawSAMPLE OF 2016 AREA REDESIGN

Admiralty and maritime law deals with the rules, concepts and legal practice governing vessels, the shipping industry, the carrying of goods and passengers by water as well as related maritime concepts.

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Summary of Board Certification Requirements for Admiralty & Maritime Law

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window


    Minimum standards for admiralty and maritime law certification, provided in Rule 6-17.3, include:
    • Practice of law for at least 5 years, or 4 years with an LL.M. in admiralty law, ocean law, maritime law or a related field;
    • Substantial involvement in the practice of admiralty and maritime law- 35% or more- during each of the 3 years immediately preceding application;
    • 50 hours of approved admiralty and maritime law certification continuing legal education in the 3 years immediately preceding application;
    • Peer review; and,
    • A written examination.

If you are considering board certification in admiralty and maritime law, applications must be postmarked by August 31 for the following year’s exam.

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Initial Application
      If you wish to apply for certification, the filing period opens July 1, 2016 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2016. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2017 Admiralty and Maritime Law Exam.

      Applications for the 2017 exam will be available by the end of March.

    Seeking Certification
    If you wish to apply for certification, the
    Initial Application for Certification Word document opens in new window filing period opens July 1, 2016 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2016. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2016 Admiralty and Maritime Law Exam.

    You may submit an
    Abbreviated Application for Certification Word document opens in new window only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2017 Admiralty & Maritime Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2016.
    1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2015 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2016 Admiralty & Maritime Law Exam.
    2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2015 which was approved, you took the 2016 Admiralty & Maritime Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2015 and 2016 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2017 Admiralty & Maritime Law exam, but you may reapply in 2018 by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)
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      Recertification Application
        If you were originally certified in 1996, 2001, 2006 or 2011, the application for recertification must be postmarked by June 15, 2016. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2016, unless you file a recertification extension request.

        Recertification applications will be available by the end of March.
      Currently Certified
      If you were originally certified in 2000, 2005 or 2010, the
      Application for Recertification Word document opens in new window must be postmarked by June 15, 2016. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2015, unless you file a recertification extension request.

      Recertification File Extension

      To request a one-time 3-month extension, please submit the
      Recertification Extension Application. PDF document opens in new window

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      Exam Information
        Exam Dates/Locations
          The 2016 <Area> Certification Exam will be held on <Date> at the Tampa Hilton Westshore.

        Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window

        Sample Exam Questions (this section only on area pages if applicable)

        Sample questions and answers are available here. (PDF)

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      Rules and Policies
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      Contacts


        Staff Liaison

        Julie Coiro
        The Florida Bar
        651 East Jefferson Street
        Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
        850/561-3143
        jcoiro@flabar.org

        Admiralty & Maritime Law Certification Field Established 1996
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      [Revised: 02-18-2016]