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Application deadline for 14 Florida Bar board certification areas is October 31

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logo for Florida Bar Board CertificationThe Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education is currently accepting second-cycle initial applications for the 2022 board certification exams. The second cycle application filing deadline is October 31.

Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification demonstrates a lawyer’s significant commitment to and experience in a specialty field of law. Board-certified lawyers have dedicated themselves to a heightened level of excellence through character, professionalism, ethics, and credibility in the practice of law.

The Florida Bar board certification program offers 27 areas of law, and over 5,000 board-certified lawyers, making it the largest board certification program in the country. Access the applications, rules, policies, exam dates, and specifications online at

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education will administer the 2021-2024 exams remotely, with the exception of those hand writing their exam or special ADA requests. The option to handwrite your exam will take place in Orlando. The 2022 first cycle exams will be March 10-11 and the second cycle exams will be May 12-13.

 Second Cycle Areas of Law

  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law
  • Business Litigation
  • City, County & Local Government Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Appellate Law
  • Criminal Trial Law
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Litigation & Arbitration
  • Juvenile Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates Law
  • Workers’ Compensation

Minimum requirements for board certification include:

  • A minimum of five years in law practice.
  • Substantial involvement in the field of law for which board certification is sought.
  • Satisfactory peer review from other lawyers and judges to assess competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law.
  • Completion of the board certification area’s continuing legal education requirements.
  • A passing grade on the examination required of all applicants or satisfaction of strict criteria to exempt the exam for select areas.

Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Board certification applications, requirements, and staff contact information are available at


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