City County and Local Government Law Certification
A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and meets the standards prescribed below may be issued an appropriate certificate identifying the lawyer as “Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Lawyer.” The purpose of the standards is to identify those lawyers who practice city, county and local government law and have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency to be properly identified to the public as board certified in city, county and local government law.
Summary of Requirements
Minimum standards for city, county and local government law certification, provided in Rule 6-18.3, include:
- Practice of law for at least five years, or four years with an LL.M. in urban affairs or a related field;
- Substantial involvement in the specialty of city, county and local government law – 40% or more – during each of the three years immediately preceding application;
- 60 hours of approved city, county and local government law 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.
Exam Specifications Revised 8/14/2019
Sample Examination Questions Revised 12/2017
Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified City, County & Local Government Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-18
Paige Dooley Levy
The Florida Bar
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Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
City, County & Local Government Law Certification Field Established 1996