The Florida Bar

International Law Certification

International Law Board Certification logoDefinition

International law is the practice of law dealing with issues, problems, or disputes arising from any and all aspects of the relations between or among states and international organizations as well as the relations between or among nationals of different countries.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for international law certification, provided in Rule 6-21.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years, in either the United States or abroad, or four years with an LL.M. in international law or a related field;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of international law — 50% or more — during each of the three years immediately preceding application;
  • 60 hours of approved international law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Download the Informational Flyer.


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 November 30, 2020. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2020. Applications must be postmarked by August 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 (Updated 9/12/2019)

Sample Examination Questions (Updated 12/1/2014)

Study Guide

Standards for Certification Of A Board International Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-21

International Law Standing Committee Policies

International Law Committee members

Staff Liaison

Allison Armour
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-3143

International Law Certification Field Established 1998