Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education - 700 Basic Skills Course Requirement
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700 BASIC SKILLS COURSE REQUIREMENT (Download 700 )
These policies establish the reporting and compliance procedures for the administration of the Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR).
7.02 Reporting and Compliance.
Each member should use The Florida Bar’s website to post and confirm BSCR courses earned. Course attendance records of The Florida Bar may also be evidence of compliance.
(a) Establishment of Deferment. A member who seeks to defer compliance with either component of the BSCR must file a BSCR deferment request form. Staff will review and confirm eligibility within 10 days of receipt of the request. If granted, the deferment will remain in effect until the member is no longer eligible.
(1) Active Military Service. If active military duty is cited as the basis for deferral, the member must not engage in the delivery of legal services within Florida or give advice on matters of Florida law except as required by the member’s military duties.
(2) Government Service. If governmental service is cited as the basis for deferral, the member must not engage in the delivery of legal services within Florida or give advice on matters of Florida law except as required by the member’s governmental duties.
(3) Undue Hardship. If undue hardship is cited as the basis for deferral, the member must establish and report special circumstances which constitute undue hardship. On receipt of a timely-filed report staff will review the special circumstances and determine whether an undue hardship exists. If granted, the member may defer compliance from the BSCR for the applicable period. If denied, the member may request a 6-month extension for compliance.
If any conflict exists within these policies and rule 2.510, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, rule 2.510 will control and govern foreign lawyers. A lawyer is not required to complete the BSCR more than once.
A member who seeks an exemption from the BSCR must file a BSCR exemption request form. Staff will review and confirm eligibility within 10 days of receipt of the request. The member may request BLSE review within 14 days if staff recommends denial of the exemption.
7.06 Procedures on Noncompliance and Appeal
(a) Determination of noncompliance. Noncompliance will include, but not be limited to, failure to complete the BSCR, failure to establish eligibility for deferral, failure to request an extension for compliance, or failure to establish an exemption.
(b) Notice of delinquency. A member who fails to comply with the BSCR is delinquent the first day following the member’s reporting date. The BLSE will notify members of their BSCR delinquency by regular or electronic mail to the member’s official bar address.
(c) Appeals. A member may appeal a determination of noncompliance under the 400 series of these policies.
A BSCR delinquent member may petition for reinstatement under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. A member may be conditionally reinstated and allowed an extension of 6 months to complete the BSCR if reasonable cause exists.
[Revised: December 2013]