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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

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.

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 (2 pgs.)

City, County & Local Government Law Committee

City, County & Local Government Law Certification Staff Liaison

Contact Information: 
Paige Dooley Levy
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5737
[email protected]

City, County & Local Government Law Certification Field Established 1996