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City County and Local Government Law Certification

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Definition

City, county and local government law is the practice of law dealing with legal issues of county, municipal or other local governments.
To be certified in city, county and local government law, a lawyer must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar, must have practiced law for at least five years, four years if he or she received an LL.M. degree in urban affairs or a related field. Each certified lawyer has had substantial involvement — 40 percent or more — in the practice of city, county and local government law during the three years preceding application. Each certified lawyer has passed peer review, a comprehensive written examination, and completed 60 hours of continuing legal education within the three years immediately preceding application.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements .


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. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.

To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the applicable application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.

View your Board Certification CLE credit hours online. Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select City, County and Local Government from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many credits are required for certification and the date the credits must be completed to qualify.

Currently Certified

If you were originally certified in 1998, 2003, 2008, or 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by July 31, 2018 unless you file a recertification extension request.

Recertification File Extension

To request a one-time 3-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application must be postmarked by July 31, 2018.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens Sept. 1, 2018, and applications must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the May 2019 City, County & Local Government Law Exam.

You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2019 City, County and Local Government Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Oct. 31, 2017, which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 City, County and Local Government Exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Oct. 31, 2017, which was approved, you took the 2018 City, County and Local Government Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2017 and 2018 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2019 City, County and Local Government exam, but you may reapply for the 2020 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)


Resources

Exam Specifications Revised 8/16/2013

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

City, County & Local Government Law Standing Committee Policies (2 pgs.)

City, County & Local Government Law Committee

City, County & Local Government Law Certification Staff Liaison
Contact Information: Allison Armour
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-3143
[email protected]

City, County & Local Government Law Certification Field Established 1996