|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.
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|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. Visit www.floridabar.org/certification and click “New! Check Your Board Certification CLE Credits” to view and print a record of your current certification credit hours.
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2015 and applications must be filed by August 31, 2015.
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 2014 Education Law Exam you will need to submit the abbreviated application by August 31, 2015.
1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2014 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2014 Education Law Exam.
2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2014 which was approved, you took the 2014 Education Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in
obtaining a passing score.
Pursuant to Rule 6-27.3(c), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, each applicant must demonstrate broad, substantial, practical experience in education law by providing examples of service as the lead attorney on behalf of a private or public client involved in education law issues, totaling no less than 50 points [as defined in Rule 6-27.3(c)], during the 5 years immediately preceding the date of application. Applicants must download and complete the appropriate form(s) below for their respective subdivisions of education law and submit them with the completed application. REFER TO RULE 6-27.3(c) FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION REGARDING THE REQUIREMENTS AND POINT VALUES AND RESTRICTIONS FOR EACH SUBDIVISION OF EDUCATION LAW.
Applicants demonstrating substantial involvement/practical experience in an Administrative Hearing, an Other Fully Adjudicated Administrative Action, and/or a Fully Adjudicated Trial Court Proceeding, should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B" – Subdivision 1, in accordance with Rule 6-27.3(c)(1).
Applicants demonstrating substantial involvement/practical experience in a Rule or Rulemaking Proceeding, a Settled Administrative Litigation, State or Federal Court Litigation and Arbitration, or an Appeal should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B" – Subdivision 2, in accordance with Rule 6-27.3(c)(2).
Applicants demonstrating substantial involvement/practical experience in Student Disciplinary Hearings, Advisory Opinions, Appearance Before Any Governmental Organization in a Formal Public Meeting, Lobbying in Support of a Rule or Law, Investigations, Mediations or Other Negotiations and/or Internal Audits should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B" – Subdivision 3, in accordance with Rule 6-27.3(c)(3).
Applicants demonstrating substantial involvement/practical experience in the Preparation of an Opinion Letter, Preparation of a Contract, an Agreement in Which an Education Institution is a Party to the Contract, and/or the Preparation of Rules of Procedure should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B" – Subdivision 4, in accordance with Rule 6-27.3(c)(4).
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 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