The Florida Bar
Foreign Legal Consultant
The Florida Bar's Foreign Legal Consultancy Rule allows a foreign attorney to be certified in Florida as a Foreign Legal Consultant recognized to advise clients on the laws of the bar under which the attorney is admitted to practice. The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar: Chapter 16 explains qualifications to certification.
The certification process involves two applications: a Florida Bar application (Part A) and a National Conference of Bar Examiners application (Part B).
Upon receipt of the results of the NCBE review, the International Law Section Standing Committee on Foreign Legal Consultants will review the application package (Parts A and B) for completeness, correctness and accuracy and, if satisfied, will certify to the Supreme Court of Florida, through The Florida Bar, that the applicant appears to have complied with all of the requirements of Chapter 16 and should be certified as a Foreign Legal Consultant under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Thereafter the Supreme Court will determine whether the applicant will be certified; if the applicant is certified, the Supreme Court will so notify The Florida Bar which, in turn, will notify the applicant and provide the applicant with appropriate evidence of certification. If the applicant fails to be certified by the Supreme Court, then The Florida Bar will be so advised and will, in turn, so advise the applicant and the International Law Section. This process is lengthy and can take up to one year.
Contact the Florida Board of Bar Examiners if you are seeking admittance to practice Florida law.
Certified Foreign Legal Consultants
For certification as a foreign legal consultant in Florida, refer to the following applications:
Part A: Florida Application for Certification
Part B: National Conference of Bar Examiners Application
Also refer to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar: Chapter 16, Foreign Legal Consultancy Rule, and Chapter 4, Rules of Professional Conduct.
Applications, Part A (The Florida Bar)
Please read the instructions outlined on Part A carefully before mailing your application.
The following should be forwarded to The Florida Bar, International Law Section Administrator, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300:
- Part A - Florida Application (Original + three copies of Part A) with accompanying documentation, certificates, and letters of recommendation.
- Payment in the amount of $500 to The Florida Bar
- Part B - NCBE Application (three copies of Part B)
Application fees cannot be refunded; therefore, it is incumbent upon applicants to ensure that all questions on the application are answered completely and correctly, and that all additional materials required by the application are furnished.
In accordance with the immigration law of the United States, The Florida Bar Certification committee has determined that a non-immigrant B-2 visa (visitor for pleasure) will be prima facie insufficient for certification. Similarly, a B-1 visa (visitor for business) will be insufficient in most cases to engage in activities as a foreign legal consultant. Applicants with additional questions should seek appropriate professional advice on U.S. immigration law.
Applications, Part B (National Conference of Bar Examiners)
Part B, the National Conference of Bar Examiners Character and Fitness Application , should be completed online at http://www.ncbex.org/ea/ , along with payment to the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Three copies of Part B should be sent to The Florida Bar along with the application, documents and copies of Part A.
For character and fitness applications currently in progress, or for applications not yet submitted, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practicing Florida Law
If you are seeking admittance to practice Florida law, you should contact the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. There are two ways to qualify to file an application with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners:
1) by graduating from an ABA accredited law school or
2) membership in another state bar in the United States.
Florida Board of Bar Examiners
1891 Eider Court
Please note: A member of another state bar of the United States can practice in Florida under certain circumstances. For more information, please call the Unlicensed Practice of Law Department of The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5840.