General Information - Board Certification In Real Estate Law
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Certification Review Course
See Rule 6-9--Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer -- Chapter 6 Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. For a listing of Board Certified Attorneys in Real Estate Certification see the Board Certification page in Professional Practice section of this site.
As of March 6, 2013 there are 446 attorneys certified in real estate law.
2013 Examination: May 9, 2013 - Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel
"Real estate" is the practice of law, regardless of jurisdiction, dealing with matters relating to ownership and rights in real property including, but not limited to, the examination of titles, real estate conveyances and other transfers, leases, sales and other transactions involving real estate, condominiums, cooperatives, property owners associations and planned developments, interval ownership, zoning and land use planning regulation, real estate development and financing, real estate litigation, and the determination of property rights.
The application filing period is each year from September 1, until October 31. Requirements are set out in Rule 6-9. Applications can be downloaded from the Professional Practice - Certification page section of this website. Or to obtain an application, contact Carol Vaught at The Florida Bar.
MINIMUM STANDARDS - Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-9 3(a) - (e)
(NOTE: For the 2014 examination, an applicant must have acquired 45 hours of approved real estate certification credits between September 1, 2010 through October 31, 2013.)
CERTIFICATION REVIEW COURSE
Approximately twelve weeks prior to the May examination, the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section holds a review course. Contact Yvonne Sherron at The Florida Bar (850) 561-5626 for information regarding this course.
Credit can be obtained through the following ways:
Includes seminars, university attendance, home-study and in-house seminars. The program must be of such a quality to challenge the intellect of an active practitioner who devotes 40% or more of his/her time to practice in the field. As a threshold matter, the course must require and reflect analysis and preparation and be of such quality as to enhance the proficiency of a Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer.
Includes lecturing, workshop leader/panel member. Satisfactory performance as a lecturer on real estate in an approved CLE seminar. In no event may the amount of credit awarded exceed 50% of the total hours required for certification or recertification.
Credit may be earned through teaching real estate courses in an ABA approved law school or other graduate level program. Teaching credit will be approved on an individual basis by the Real Estate Certification Committee. Credit for teaching shall not exceed 75% of the total hours required for initial certification or recertification.
Is awarded to authors of published materials, articles, books, outlines or chapters. A copy of the publication must be submitted to the CLE department for review. No hourly guidelines. No one project may exceed 50% of the hours needed to certify or recertify. No more than 10 hours are to be awarded for any one publication. 50% of the total hours required for certification or recertification may be obtained through published (writing credits) work.