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City County and Local Government Law Certification

Purpose

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.

2020 Application Filing Periods & Exam Dates

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2019

If you were originally certified in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, or 2014 you are due to file your in 2019. The application for recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2019. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens September 1, 2019. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2019. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2020 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may also file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

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

City, County & Local Government Law Standing Committee Policies

City, County & Local Government Law Committee

Staff Liaison

Paige Dooley Levy
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5737

City, County & Local Government Law Certification Field Established 1996