The Florida Bar
Education Law Certification

Certified Attorneys


“Education law” means the practice of law involving the legal rights, responsibilities, procedures, and practices of “educational institutions,” students, personnel employed by or on behalf of educational institutions, and the guardians and parents of students participating in education. The term “education law” shall also mean the practice of law on behalf of public or private clients in matters including, but not limited to: state, federal, and local laws, regulations, and proceedings involving student rights and student discipline; administrative law and rules regulating the operations of schools and education in Florida; charter schools; finance issues involving educational institutions, including bond indebtedness, certificates of participation, impact fees, and educational benefit districts; litigation involving educational institutions, including matters of sovereign immunity, civil rights in educational environments, including the civil rights of students and personnel in education; labor issues involving educational institutions, including standards of professional performance and practices involving personnel employed by or on behalf of educational institutions; private school contract matters and litigation involving private school entities; disability law, including §504, Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act; laws of general governance, including the Sunshine Law, Public Records Act, Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Officials, purchasing and bid issues; and construction, land use and development law as these areas relate to educational facilities. The purpose of education law certification is to identify lawyers who, although they may not practice substantially in each of these areas, nonetheless concentrate their practice of law in a wide variety of these categories of law in the educational environment, either on behalf of persons dealing with or receiving educational services, or as practitioners on behalf of educational institutions. “Education law” also includes presiding as an administrative law judge, arbitrator, hearing officer, judge or member of another tribunal or panel over a dispute involving education law issues.

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 Education 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 2012 you are due to file your recertification application in 2017. The application for recertification must be postmarked by
May 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 July 1, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by August 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 11/30/2012

Sample Questions PDF document opens in new window

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Education Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-27

Education Law Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window

Education Law Committee Members

Education Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Charlotte Bell
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300


Education Law Certification Field Established 2009

Certification Home

[Revised: 01-09-2017]