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Bar expands member benefits program to offer discounted insurance to recent law grads

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The Florida Bar has expanded its member benefit program to offer discounted insurance to recent law school graduates who have been forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to put their careers on hold after enduring repeated delays of the summer bar exam.

“We coordinated with Member Benefits Inc., the longstanding third-party administrator and broker for The Florida Bar Member Benefits Insurance and Retirement Program and The Florida Bar Private Insurance Exchange, for them to offer a variety of insurance-related benefits to recent law school graduates,” said Terry Hill, division director for Programs.

Recent law school graduates can view the details about obtaining access to discounted health, dental, vision, life, telehealth, and pet insurance here:

The announcement comes after the Florida Supreme Court recently approved a temporary supervised practice program that allows law school graduates, while they are awaiting an October bar exam, to begin limited practice under the supervision of lawyers who have been Florida Bar members in good standing for at least the last five years.

Young Lawyers Division President Adam White said he was pleased that the insurance benefits could be extended so quickly.

“I’m very happy that the Bar was able to work that out,” he said. “We’re going to be working with the Bar to push that information out to local voluntary bar associations, also to our law school affiliates, and hopefully it’s going to get distributed to the law schools so they can send it out to their recent alumni.”

White said information about the new insurance benefits program will also be posted on a YLD-sponsored webpage that has been created for the supervised practice program. The webpage helps link recent law school graduates with Florida Bar members willing to participate in the program. The webpage is available here:

“We want to put [the insurance information] on that page because obviously the participants will be qualified for that,” White said.

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