The Florida Bar

Juvenile Law Certification

Definition

Juvenile Law Board Certified logoJuvenile law is the area of law that inherently and directly impacts children. It includes, but is not limited to, dependency, delinquency, and termination of parental rights matters. It does not include adoption matters or matters arising in the context of family law proceedings not consolidated with dependency or termination of parental rights matters.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for juvenile law certification, provided in Rule 6-29.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of juvenile law during three of the last five years immediately preceding application;
  • Handling of at least 20 fully adjudicated trials or appellate proceedings of which at least 10 occurred during the five years immediately preceding application;
  • 50 hours of approved juvenile 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.

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

Juvenile Law Exam Specifications (or download PDF)

Juvenile Law Exam Study Materials

Sample Exam Questions

Standards for Board Certification in Juvenile Law – Rule 6-29

Juvenile Law Certification Standing Committee Policies

Standards for Certification – Rule Rule 6-3.5

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Juvenile Law Certification Committee Members


Staff Liaison

Blaire Bisbee
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5805

Juvenile Law Certification Field Established 2015