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Civil Trial Law Certification

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Civil trial law is the practice of law dealing with litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators.

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 Street, 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 Civil Trial 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 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 or 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification are also to be completed by May 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 May 31, 2018.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2018 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2018. This application filing period is for the March 2019 Civil Trial 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 Civil Trial Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2018.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2017 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 Civil Trial Exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2017 which was approved, you took the 2018 Civil Trial 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 Civil Trial exam, but you may reapply for the 2020 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)


Rules Regulating The Florida – Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

Exam Specifications
Sample Exam Questions
Civil Trial Law Standing Committee Policies
Civil Trial Law Committee members
Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Civil Trial Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Amanda Barrett

The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300

[email protected]

Civil Trial Law Certification Field Established 1983