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General Information - Board Certification In Real Estate

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Definition
Application
Minimum Standards
Certification Review Course
Education
Attendance Credit
Lecture Credit
Teaching Credit
Writing Credit

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 June 20, 2014 there are 451 attorneys certified in real estate.

2015 Examination: May 14, 2015 - Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel

DEFINITION
"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.

APPLICATION
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.

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MINIMUM STANDARDS - Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-9 3(a) - (e)

(NOTE: For the 2015 examination, an applicant must have acquired 45 hours of approved real estate certification credits between September 1, 2011 through October 31, 2014.)
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CERTIFICATION REVIEW COURSE
Approximately twelve weeks prior to the May examination, the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section holds a review course. Contact Mary Ann Obos at The Florida Bar (850) 561-5626 or at mobos@flabar.org for information regarding this course.

EDUCATION
Credit can be obtained through the following ways:

ATTENDANCE CREDIT
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.
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LECTURE CREDIT*
Includes lecturing, workshop leader/panel member. Satisfactory performance as a lecturer on real estate in an approved CLE seminar.

TEACHING CREDIT*
Credit may be earned through teaching real estate courses in an ABA approved law school or other graduate level program.

WRITING CREDIT*
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 one project may exceed 50% of the hours needed to certify or recertify.

*Credits are awarded in accordance with BLSE policies 500 series.
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[Revised: 11-25-2013]