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State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification

Definition

State and Federal Government & Administrative Practice Certification logoState and federal government and administrative practice is the practice of law on behalf of public or private clients on matters including but not limited to rulemaking or adjudication associated with state or federal government entity actions such as contracts, licenses, orders, permits, policies, or rules. State and federal government and administrative practice also includes appearing before or presiding as an administrative law judge, arbitrator, hearing officer, or member of an administrative tribunal or panel over a dispute involving an administrative or government action.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for state and federal government and administrative practice certification, provided in Rule 6-25.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of state and federal government and administrative practice in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • 50 hours of approved state and federal government and administrative practice certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; 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.

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2020

If you were originally certified in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, or 2015 you are due to file your recertification application in 2020. The application for recertification must be postmarked by January 31, 2021. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens September 1, 2020.  Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2020. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2021 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Exam Specifications

Study Guide

Exam Sample Questions

Exam Information

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-25

State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Committee Policies

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Committee Members

CLE Forms

Staff Liaison

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State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification Field Established 2006