The Florida Bar
www.floridabar.org
Civil Trial Certification

Certified Attorneys

Definition

Civil trial law is the practice of law dealing with litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators.

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

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to "Open" or "Save" the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the $250 application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.

Board Certification CLE credit hours are now available online. Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select construction law from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab.

If you were originally certified in 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 or 2010, your application for recertification is due by June 15, 2015.

Currently Certified
If you were originally certified in 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 or 2010, the Application for Recertification Word document opens in new window must be postmarked by June 15, 2015. 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

Seeking Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the Application for Certification Word document opens in new window filing period opens July 1, 2015 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2015.

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 2015 Civil Trial Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2015.

  • You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2014 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2015 Civil Trial Exam.
  • You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2014 which was approved, you took the 2015 Civil Trial Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2014 and 2015 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2016 Civil Trial exam, but you may reapply in 2017 by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)

General Information:
Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window
Sample Exam Questions PDF document opens in new window
Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-4 - Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
Civil Trial Law Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window
Civil Trial Law Committee members
Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Civil Trial Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Lisa Kustel
The Florida Bar
651 East Jeffers
on Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5690

lkustel@flabar.org

Civil Trial Law Certification Field Established 1983

Certification Home

[Revised: 07-07-2015]