The Florida Bar

Real Estate Law Certification

Definition

Real Estate Certification logoCertified lawyers in real estate deal with matters relating to real property transactions including, but not limited to real estate conveyances, title searches, property transfers, leases, condominiums and cooperatives, interval ownership, mortgage, zoning and land use planning, real estate development and financing, real estate litigation, and determination of property rights.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for real estate law certification, provided in Rule 6-9.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of real estate law — 40% or more — in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • 45 hours of approved real estate 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.


Resources

General Information

Exam Specifications Revised 7/10/2019

Exam Format and Scoring

Sample Exam Questions

Study Guide

Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-9 – Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer

Real Estate Certification Committee Policies

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Real Estate Committee Members

Staff Liaison

Jasmine Rodriguez
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5738
Jasmine Rodriguez

Real Estate Certification Field Established 1986