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City County and Local Government Law Certification

Certified Attorneys

Definition

City, county and local government law is the practice of law dealing with legal issues of county, municipal or other local governments.
To be certified in city, county and local government law, a lawyer must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar, must have practiced law for at least five years, four years if he or she received an LL.M. degree in urban affairs or a related field. Each certified lawyer has had substantial involvement -- 40 percent or more -- in the practice of city, county and local government law during the three years preceding application. Each certified lawyer has passed peer review, a comprehensive written examination, and completed 60 hours of continuing legal education within the three years immediately preceding application.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements PDF document opens in new window.


Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.

Certification CLE Hours Requirement. To view your Board Certification CLE credit hours online: Log in to your Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Click “Show All” and select City, County and Local Government Law from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many hours are required for certification and the date the hours must be completed to qualify.

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2017:
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

If you were originally certified in 1997, 2002, 2007, or 2012 you are due to file your recertification application in 2017. The application for recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2017. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request – form to be posted soon.

Get Certified - Seeking Certification
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

The filing period opens September 1, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2017. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2018 exam. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.

General Information:

Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window Revised 8/16/2013

Sample Examination Questions PDF document opens in new window Revised 12/18/2014

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified City, County & Local Government Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-18

City, County & Local Government Law Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window (2 pgs.)

City, County & Local Government Law Committee

City, County & Local Government Law Certification Staff Liaison
Contact Information:
    Allison Armour
    The Florida Bar
    651 East Jefferson Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
    850-561-3143
    aarmour@floridabar.org

    City, County & Local Government Law Certification Field Established 1996


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    [Revised: 01-12-2017]