The Florida Bar
|Education Law Certification|
“Education law” means the practice of law involving the legal rights, responsibilities, procedures, and practices of “educational institutions,” students, personnel employed by or on behalf of educational institutions, and the guardians and parents of students participating in education. The term “education law” shall also mean the practice of law on behalf of public or private clients in matters including, but not limited to: state, federal, and local laws, regulations, and proceedings involving student rights and student discipline; administrative law and rules regulating the operations of schools and education in Florida; charter schools; finance issues involving educational institutions, including bond indebtedness, certificates of participation, impact fees, and educational benefit districts; litigation involving educational institutions, including matters of sovereign immunity, civil rights in educational environments, including the civil rights of students and personnel in education; labor issues involving educational institutions, including standards of professional performance and practices involving personnel employed by or on behalf of educational institutions; private school contract matters and litigation involving private school entities; disability law, including §504, Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act; laws of general governance, including the Sunshine Law, Public Records Act, Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Officials, purchasing and bid issues; and construction, land use and development law as these areas relate to educational facilities. The purpose of education law certification is to identify lawyers who, although they may not practice substantially in each of these areas, nonetheless concentrate their practice of law in a wide variety of these categories of law in the educational environment, either on behalf of persons dealing with or receiving educational services, or as practitioners on behalf of educational institutions. “Education law” also includes presiding as an administrative law judge, arbitrator, hearing officer, judge or member of another tribunal or panel over a dispute involving education law issues.
Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements.
|Board Certification Applications for Lawyers|
All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.
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 applicable application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.
View your Board Certification CLE credit hours online. Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select Education Law from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many credits are required for certification and the date the credits must be completed to qualify.
If you were originally certified in 2012, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2017. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2017 unless you file a recertification extension request.
Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time 3-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application must be postmarked by May 31, 2017.
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2017 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2017. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2018 Education Law Exam.
You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2018 Education Law Exam the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2017.
1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2016 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2017 Education Law Exam.
2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2016 which was approved, you took the 2017 Education Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2016 and 2017 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2018 Education Law exam, but you may reapply for the 2019 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification August 31, 2018.)
Exam Specifications Revised 11/30/2012
Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Education Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-27
Education Law Standing Committee Policies
Education Law Committee Members
Education Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Education Law Certification Field Established 2009