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State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification

Purpose:

State and Federal Government & Administrative Practice Certification logoTo identify those lawyers who practice law before or on behalf of state and federal government entities and have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism to be properly identified to the public as board certified in state and federal government and administrative practice.

Who May Apply

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.

Becoming Board Certified

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to 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.

New Applicants

The application filing period runs September 1-October 31 of a given year to determine eligibility to sit for the exam in May of the subsequent year (see calendar for details). Applications must be postmarked by October 31. Eligible applicants who pass the exam will be officially certified in August.

REAPPLICANTS

If you’re eligible to sit for the exam from a previous application, you may file the short application.

Recertification

According to the rules, no certification shall last for a period longer than five years. Find out when your recertification application is due.

All applications for recertification must be postmarked by midnight July 31 at the conclusion of the 5-year period of certification. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date. August 1 after the fifth year of certification is the effective date of recertification.

A single 3-month recertification file extension will be granted if accompanied by a properly executed application for extension and payment of the appropriate fee.

Staff Liaison

Allison Armour
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-3143

State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification Field Established 2006