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Admiralty & Maritime Law Certification


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Definition

Admiralty and maritime law deals with the rules, concepts and legal practice governing vessels, the shipping industry, the carrying of goods and passengers by water as well as related maritime concepts.

Summary of Requirements

The minimum standards for board certification in admiralty & maritime law, provided in Rule 6-17, include:

  • At least five years of the actual practice of law immediately preceding application, of which at least 35 percent has been spent in active participation in admiralty & maritime law;
  • Demonstrated completion of at least 50 hours of approved continuing legal education credits in admiralty & maritime law within three years immediately preceding the date of application;
  • Peer review (character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism); and
  • A written examination.

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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.

2020 Application Filing Periods & Exam Date

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2019

If you were originally certified in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, or 2014 you are due to file your recertification application in 2019.  The application for recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2019.  All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request.

Get Certified

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2019.  Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2019.  You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2020 exam.  If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may also file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.

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Admiralty & Maritime Law Certification Field Established 1996