Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are frequently asked about admission to The Florida Bar. Each of the questions below is linked to its corresponding answer.

General Admission Information

Bar Application Bar Examination
How can I contact the Florida Board of Bar Examiners?
Mailing Address:U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
                 FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
Fax Number:(850) 414-6822All normal long distance charges may apply.
Telephone Number:(850) 487-1292Telephones are answered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
TTY:Use the Florida Relay Service at 711 (in Florida) or at 1-800-955-8771 (outside Florida)
Driving Directions:The board’s office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located in the Tippin-Moore Building at 1891 Eider Court in Tallahassee, Florida. From I-10 take Exit 203-Tallahassee/Thomasville. You will exit onto Thomasville Road (US 319). From Thomasville Road drive east on Capital Circle NE, approximately 2.5 miles. Once you cross the intersection at Centerville Road, you will turn left at the first traffic light onto Capital Medical Boulevard. You will pass Capital Regional Medical Center on your left. Eider Court will be the second street on your left after you pass the hospital’s emergency entrance. The board’s office building is on the right after you make the turn. Public parking for the board’s office is across the street from the front entrance to the building (turn left into the lot before the curve).

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How do I apply?
The Bar Application is available on this website. The board requires completion of the application online. Use the checklists to ensure that the application is complete and that you meet all filing requirements at the time you submit your application. Supporting Forms are available for printing on this website (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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How do I submit the required fingerprints?
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners now requires all applicants to be fingerprinted electronically by MorphoTrust USA. MorphoTrust USA has 32 locations across the State of Florida.

You must arrange to be fingerprinted prior to submitting your Bar Application, Student Registration, or CLI Registration. Processing of the application or registration cannot begin until the board has received confirmation (either a receipt provided by you or notification directly from MorphoTrust USA) that your fingerprints have been taken or scanned. The fee to have your fingerprints processed by MorphoTrust USA is $56.50.

If you live in Florida, please go to MorphoTrust USA. Follow the instructions found there in order to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted and to pay the required fee. In order to take a bar examination, you must be fingerprinted by MorphoTrust USA on or before that examination's filing deadline.

If you live outside of Florida:

  • Have a standard fingerprint card completed by an authorized law enforcement agency;
  • Go to MorphoTrust USA;
  • Click on "Florida";
  • Click on "Online Scheduling";
  • Click "Begin Registration";
  • Provide the requested information;
  • Under Step 2, select "Florida Board of Bar Examiners" from the drop down menu;
  • Under Step 3, click the "Pay for Ink Card Submission" button;
  • Under Step 4, complete the Personal Information;
  • Proceed through Step 6 and arrange to submit your payment to MorphoTrust USA by clicking on the "Continue to US Bank E-Pay" button;
  • In order to take a bar examination, your completed fingerprint card must be postmarked by that examination's filing deadline. Mail your fingerprint card to the address displayed subsequent to arranging payment:

    MorphoTrust USA
    c/o Prints, Inc.
    119 East Park Avenue
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
In either case, provide a copy of your receipt to the board with your application. All questions regarding fingerprint submissions should be directed to MorphoTrust USA at (800) 528-1358.

IMPORTANT: You must submit your Bar Application, Student Registration, or CLI Registration within one year of being fingerprinted. Failure to do so will result in having to be re-fingerprinted at your expense.


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Must I enter my Social Security number?
In compliance with the federal Privacy Act of 1974, disclosure of your Social Security number is mandatory as authorized by provisions of rules 1-63.8, 3-14.1, 3-14.2, and 4-41 of the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admission to the Bar.

The board uses a Social Security number to verify the identity of an individual. Your Social Security number may be furnished to the following agencies and individuals during the processing of your Bar Application including the board's background investigation into your character and fitness for membership in The Florida Bar: credit reporting agencies, personal creditors, past and present employers, financial institutions, educational institutions, medical and health practitioners, medical and health facilities, law enforcement agencies; federal, state, and local government agencies; the National Conference of Bar Examiners, The Florida Bar, foreign bar admitting agencies, and foreign bar associations.


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Must I provide documentation of my U.S. citizenship or immigration status?
Yes, all applicants are required to document their citizenship or immigration status.

U.S. citizen:

  • If you are a U.S. citizen and were born in the U.S., the board will accept a certified copy of your birth certificate. You should obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the appropriate government office in the state where you were born. You can locate the appropriate office to contact by visiting the Vital Records website.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen who was born abroad, the board will accept a certified copy of a Certification of Birth (DS-1350) or a certified copy of the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • The board does not accept hospital birth certificates, photocopies, notarized photocopies, or foreign birth certificates.

U.S. citizen via naturalization:

  • The board will accept a photocopy of your Certificate of Naturalization for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for verification of authenticity.
  • Certified copies of a valid U.S. Passport record may also be submitted as proof of citizenship; however, this process can take 4-6 weeks. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Not a citizen of the United States:

  • Provide a photocopy of the immigration document that documents your status for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for verification of authenticity. The USCIS has indicated a copy of these documents may be made to the board for submission to USCIS, regardless of the statement prohibiting copying of these documents. For more information on how to obtain copies of immigration documents or duplication of these documents, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

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When should I file my application?
To be considered timely filed, first-time applicants are required to file the Bar Application, and registrants are required to file the Supplement to Bar Application and the Re-Examination/Conversion Application, by the filing deadline (Florida Bar Examination Information). If you miss the timely filing deadline, you can still apply for the examination by submitting the appropriate late filing fee with your completed application(s). Though you can wait until the filing deadlines to submit your application(s), the sooner you initiate the process, the sooner the investigation can begin and the better the chance that the investigation will be complete at the time the examination results are released. Your quick response to requests for incomplete or additional information will assist in the prompt completion of the investigation.

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May I register as a first-year law student?
Yes, first-year law students are encouraged to register with the board during their first year of law school. In addition to the early start of the investigative process, student registrants are afforded a significant savings on the application fees. Rule 2-23.1 provides for discounted registration fees if your Registrant Bar Application is postmarked or received by the deadlines outlined below:

Student Registrant deadlines (for discounted fees) are dates based on
law school start dates, and are the same for all law schools.

Law School Start Date   $100 Filing Deadline   $350 Filing Deadline
August/September   the following January 15   the following March 15
January/February   the following June 15   the following August 15
May/June   the following October 15   the following December 15

All student registrations postmarked after March 15, August 15, or December 15 (whichever is applicable) require the full registration fee of $400. While there is no dollar savings at this point, student registrants still gain the advantage of early investigative steps already conducted when they convert in their third year. Students registering early in law school are required to convert their registration into a regular application during their third year of law school, at which time the $600 converter fee is due.

Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.

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Is it still possible to file a student registration as a second-year law student?
Second-year law school students may file a student registration with the board. Although the background investigation will begin later than those of students who filed a registration in the first year of law school, it is still possible that clearance can be obtained prior to the third year of law school in time to participate in internships or externships. Discounted fees are no longer available for students who file a registration in the second year of law school; the full registration fee of $400 is required.

Students who file a student registration in the second year of law school are required to convert the student registration into a regular application during the final year of law school, at which time the $600 converter fee is due.

Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.

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May I file a student registration as a third-year law student?
If you are within 12 months of your anticipated graduation date, you should file an application for admission to The Florida Bar, as well as an application to take the General Bar Examination (Section D of the bar application) rather than a student registration; a student registration will not be accepted at that point. The full application fee of $1000 will be required.

If your bar application is filed in the summer prior to your third year of law school, or at the beginning of your third year of law school, it may still be possible to receive clearance from the board in order to participate in an internship or externship in the last semester of law school; however, it is much less likely that the investigation can be completed within that time frame than if you had filed a student registration in the first or second year of law school.

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How do I meet the clearance requirement for the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program?
Rule 11-1.3(a) of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar requires that law students register with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and receive registrant clearance as one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program for law school practice. There are two ways to obtain CLI clearance:

  • Student Registration – From the Home page, click on “checklists,” and then select “Register as a First Year Student.” This filing status begins the processing track for bar admission in Florida. It also provides registrant clearance that is one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship program. If filed by the earliest deadline provided under rule 2-23.1(a) the filing fee is $100, the lowest fee that provides the greatest cost savings.

  • Certified Legal Intern (CLI) Registration – From the Home page, click on “checklists,” and then select “Register for Certified Legal Internship (CLI) Clearance only.” This filing status provides CLI clearance only, which is one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship program. It does not pursue admission to practice law in Florida. If filed within the first 250 days of beginning law school, the filing fee is $75; after 250 days of beginning law school, the filing fee is $150.
If there is any chance you will pursue admission to The Florida Bar, Student Registration is the option to choose.

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What fees do I pay to take the examination and apply for admission?
The cost of filing a Bar Application is covered by one fee that is determined by your status as set forth in rule 2-23.2 through 2-29.
bullet$600For law students who filed an early registration and are now converting to a regular applicant and plan to take the Bar Examination
bullet$1000For law students who did not file an early registration, for persons who have not been admitted, or for persons who have been admitted for less than one year
bullet$1600For attorneys admitted more than 1 but less than 5 years
bullet$2000For attorneys admitted more than 5 but less than 10 years
bullet$2400For attorneys admitted more than 10 but less than 15 years
bullet$3000For attorneys admitted 15 years or more

Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.

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Does Florida have reciprocity with any jurisdiction?
There is no reciprocity between Florida and any other jurisdiction. Submission to the Florida Bar Examination is required of all applicants.

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Does Florida have a conditional admission program for applicants with drug, alcohol, or psychological problems?
Under rule 3-22.5(b), Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to The Bar, the board will make the determination that a Consent Agreement be entered into with an applicant in lieu of the filing of Specifications pertaining to drug, alcohol, or psychological problems. Admission to The Florida Bar under the terms of a conditional admission is confidential and under rule 5-15, limited to persons who will live in Florida, who will be engaged in the practice of law primarily in Florida, and who will be monitored in Florida during the entire period of conditional admission.

Substance Issues
In a Consent Agreement, the board is authorized to recommend to the Court the admission of the applicant who has agreed to abide by specified terms and conditions on admission to The Florida Bar. The conditions will include: Board’s Guidelines on Documented Sobriety
Applicants who may be candidates for conditional admission must provide documentation of at least 6 months of sobriety before being considered for conditional admission. It is preferred that documentation of sobriety be completed by entering into a monitoring program that requires daily log-ins to determine if testing is required that day, attend attorney support meetings, attend AA/NA (if dependent), and undergo random alcohol/drug screenings. If an applicant resides within Florida, the preferred program is Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. (FLA).

Any applicant attempting to provide documentation of sobriety through FLA or similar program must fully comply with the program contract, including strict adherence to the random drug test procedure, no missed daily log-ins, no missed or positive tests, and compliance with the meeting and monitoring requirements as outlined in the contract. In all unexcused cases where log-ins are missed, whether a test was required that day or not, the applicant must immediately make arrangements to be tested no later than the following day. Any missed test or failure to test after a missed log-in will be viewed by the board as a positive test.

Documentation of the period of sobriety starts upon execution of a FLA or similar contract or the last date of noncompliance with the contract; whichever is most recent.

Acceptable Documentation of Sobriety
The board requires applicants to demonstrate a reasonable period of sobriety (abstinence) prior to conditional admission. Six months is presumed to be reasonable. Documentation of sobriety is made through verification of completion of a treatment program that includes random testing through records documenting compliance with a FLA contract.

To document a period of sobriety prior to admission:

  1. Contact FLA for assistance.
  2. Enter into a contract with FLA.
  3. Forward a copy of the FLA contract to the board.
  4. Arrange for FLA to provide monthly documentation to the board beginning immediately and continuing until all portions of the Florida Bar Examination are successfully completed.
  5. Full compliance with the FLA contract including strict adherence to the FLA random drug test procedure, no missed daily log-ins, no missed, or positive tests, and compliance with the meeting and monitoring requirements as outlined in the FLA contract. In all unexcused cases where log-ins are missed, whether a test was required that day or not, the applicant must immediately make arrangements to be tested no later than the following day. Any missed test or failure to test after a missed log-in will be viewed by the board as a positive test.

Missed Log-ins
The board, while working with FLA, established the following policy regarding excused log-ins.

The only missed log-ins that will be excused are documented instances of the following:

In all unexcused cases where log-ins are missed, whether a test was required that day or not, the applicant must immediately make arrangements to be tested no later than the following day. Any missed test or failure to test after a missed log-in will be viewed by the board as a positive test.

Length of Conditional Admission
The board’s policy on the length of conditional admission in substance abuse/dependence cases is a 1-5 year period, depending on individual circumstances.

Mental Health
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners must assess effectively the mental health of each applicant. A lawyer's untreated or uncontrolled mental disorder, if severe, could result in injury to the public. The board assures each applicant that the Supreme Court, on the board's recommendation, regularly admits applicants with a history of both mental ill-health and treatment by mental health professionals. The board considers satisfactory mental health to include: (1) the current absence of an untreated, uncontrolled mental illness that impairs or limits an applicant's ability to practice law in a competent and professional manner; and (2) the unlikelihood of a relapse of such a prior mental illness. With respect to either, evidence of treatment by a mental health professional is useful. The board encourages applicants to seek the assistance of mental health professionals, if needed.

Consent Agreement
In a Consent Agreement, the board is authorized to recommend to the Supreme Court of Florida the admission of the applicant who has agreed to abide by specified terms and conditions on admission to The Florida Bar. The conditions will include:

Length of Conditional Admission
The board’s policy on the length of conditional admission in mental health cases is from 1 year to an indefinite period, depending on individual circumstances.

For further information relating to conditional admission requirements, refer to the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to The Bar.

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Does Florida accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions?
Florida does not accept MBE scores from other jurisdictions. See rule 4-23.1.

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How do I have my Florida MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction?
You may request that your Florida Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) score be transferred to another jurisdiction. Score transfers are not available for scores that are more than 7 years old. For information regarding the score transfer process and fees, as well as score transfer forms, visit the NCBE website.

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May I fax documents and information to the board?
Certain items relative to your Bar Application may be faxed to the board’s office. For items that require notarization, be sure to fax the page containing the notary information. The fax number is (850) 414-6822; all normal long distance charges may apply. Following are lists of items that may and may not be faxed to the board:

Documents Accepted by FaxDocuments NOT Accepted by Fax
checkmarkAmendmentsxBar Application
checkmarkChange of AddressxSupplement to Registrant Bar Application
checkmarkCorrespondencexBar Re-examination/Conversion Application
checkmarkAffidavit of CompliancexAuthorization & Release
checkmarkFinancial AffidavitxSpecial Releases
checkmarkForm DD-214xPhoto
checkmarkLitigationxChecks
checkmarkPetitionsxCertificate of Dean
checkmarkADA Accommodation FormsxCertificates of Good Standing (COGS)
checkmarkOath of AttorneyxTranscripts
checkmarkConfirmation of MorphoTrust USA fingerprintingxAnswer to Specifications
xApplicant’s Formal Hearing Exhibits
xConsent Agreement

Providing duplicate material by both fax and regular or overnight mail causes double handling of the same correspondence. This duplication increases costs and will delay acknowledgement of your correspondence. Increased costs will eventually increase applicant fees. Please utilize only one method of communication (fax or mail) per submission. If time is of the essence, fax your response; however, if an original document is required to be received by a deadline, faxing a copy of the document will not be considered as having met the deadline.

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What is my file number and why does it change?
File numbers are assigned based on each applicant's filing profile: student registrant or applicant. Applicant file numbers that are all numeric are permanent and will not change. File numbers that include a 'B' is the designation for a student registrant that will change when the registrant files the Supplement to Registrant Bar Application in the third year of law school.

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How can I apply for accommodations under the ADA?
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has a long history of providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with documented disabilities, well before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Bar Application Process - If you need an accommodation because of a disability to participate in the Bar Application process, please notify the Executive Director of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not assess a surcharge on a particular bar applicant with a disability or any group of bar applicants with disabilities to cover the costs of providing reasonable accommodations.

General Bar Examination Accommodations - Testing accommodations forms are available in PDF format for printing. Refer to rule 4-17 for additional information. The applicable items specified in the Petition Checklist must be completed and postmarked or received by the board on or before the filing deadline of the examination you plan to take.

Applicants with disabilities are entitled to, and have the responsibility to meet, the same deadline to apply as individuals without disabilities. As some of the forms require input from third parties, it is suggested that you request the appropriate individuals to complete the forms well in advance of the deadline for filing the petition for test accommodations, so that late filing fees are not incurred.

A timely petition requesting an accommodation for the February administration of the General Bar Examination must be postmarked or received not later than November 15 prior to the examination.

A timely petition requesting an accommodation for the July administration of the General Bar Examination must be postmarked or received not later than May 1 prior to the examination.

Applicants seeking to file an untimely petition will be permitted to do so on payment of a late fee as specified under rule 4-43. Petitions postmarked after January 15 for the February examination and after June 15 for the July examination will not be accepted due to the time required to process a petition and accompanying documentation for review by the board, to reach a determination on the petition and to make necessary arrangements at the examination site.

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May I apply now if I have been disbarred from Florida?
Persons who have been disbarred from the practice of law or who have resigned pending disciplinary proceedings will not be eligible to apply in Florida until a period of 5 years from the date of disbarment or 3 years from the date of resignation or such other time as is set forth by any Florida rules of discipline and except on proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
                 FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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May I apply now if I have been disbarred in another jurisdiction?
If a person's disbarment or disciplinary resignation is based on conduct that occurred in a foreign jurisdiction, then the person will not be eligible to apply for admission or readmission to The Florida Bar until the person is readmitted in the foreign jurisdiction where the conduct, that resulted in discipline, occurred. Readmission must occur in the foreign jurisdiction in which the conduct occurred even if Florida imposed discipline prior to the imposition of discipline in the other jurisdiction and proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed is required. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
                 FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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May I apply now if I am suspended for disciplinary reasons in another jurisdiction?
Persons who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons from the practice of law in a foreign jurisdiction will not be eligible to apply in Florida until reinstated to the practice of law in the person's home state and except on proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed. See rule 2-13.2 and rule 2-13.25.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
                 FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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May I apply now if I am a convicted felon or serving felony probation?
Persons who have been convicted of a felony will not be eligible to apply in Florida until the person's civil rights have been restored. See rule 2-13.3.

A person who is serving a sentence of felony probation, regardless of adjudication of guilt, will not be eligible to apply until termination of the period of probation. See rule 2-13.4.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
                 FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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May I apply now if I have previously been denied admission to The Florida Bar?
Applicants who have been refused a favorable recommendation through the filing of Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law that have not been reversed by the Supreme Court of Florida will not be eligible to seek admission to The Florida Bar until 2 years after the date that the board delivered its adverse findings, or such other period as may be set in the Findings. See rule 2-13.5.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
                 FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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What recent changes have been made to the rules?
Effective December 9, 2010

Rule 4-22 - On December 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order (PDF - 119k) updating a number of subject matters for Part A of the General Bar Examination. Note: The changes that add new test subjects (Rule 4-22 (c), (i), (k), (l), and (o)), will take effect December 9, 2012.

Effective December 16, 2010

On December 16, 2010, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order (PDF - 176k) amending the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admission to the Bar. Rules 1-12.1, 2-13.5, 2-14, 2-29, 3-14.1, 3-14.2, 3-22.5, 4-41, 4-43.2, 4-44, 4-45, 4-46, and 4-47 were amended for clarification or housekeeping changes for stylistic purposes.

Rule 2-13.1 was amended to codify the Court's decisions requiring disbarred attorneys and attorneys who resign pending discipline be readmitted in the jurisdiction in which the misconduct occurred before being eligible to seek admission to The Florida Bar.

Rule 2-13.2 was amended to require a person suspended in a foreign jurisdiction be reinstated in the person's home state before being eligible to seek admission to The Florida Bar.

Rule 2-13.25 was amended to require a person who was disbarred, resigned pending discipline, or was suspended, absent exceptional circumstances, to satisfy in full any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) or disciplinary costs.

Rule 3-23.6 was amended to provide the board with the discretion to recommend that an applicant or registrant be permanently prohibited from applying or reapplying for admission to The Florida Bar in a case involving extremely grievous misconduct.

Rule 4-65.1and Rule 4-65.2 were amended to establish different time periods for reapplying to The Florida Bar for those applicants who sit for the general bar examination when not eligible and/or who violated the examination administration rules of conduct.

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What does it mean that a bar applicant must possess "good moral character?"
In the case of Florida Board of Bar Examiners re G.W.L., 364 So. 2d 454 (Fla. 1978), the Supreme Court of Florida concluded that good moral character should not be restricted to acts involving moral turpitude. Such a restricted definition "would not sufficiently protect the public interest." After observing that "the unscrupulous attorney... [has] frequent opportunities to defraud the client or obstruct the judicial process," the Supreme Court of Florida held that the appropriate standard of inquiry into good moral character should emphasize "honesty, fairness, and respect for the rights of others." The Court also recognized "that the standard of conduct required of an applicant for admission to the bar must have a rational connection to the applicant's fitness to practice law."

To further assist bar applicants and to provide guidance to the current and future members of the board, the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar contain provisions addressing the following subjects:

These rules were taken from the Code of Recommended Standards for Bar Examiners adopted by the policy-making bodies of the American Bar Association, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and the Association of American Law Schools.

To obtain information regarding specific character problems, you can review published decisions of the Supreme Court of Florida. These cases are titled "Florida Board of Bar Examiners re" followed by a bar applicant's name or initials. For example, Florida Board of Bar Examiners re R.L.W., 793 So.2d 918 (Fla. 2001); Florida Board of Bar Examiners re J.H.K., 581 So.2d 37 (Fla. 1991); Florida Board of Bar Examiners re Kwasnik, 508 So.2d 338 (Fla. 1987). These cases are easily accessed by any computerized legal research service.

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What is disqualifying conduct?
Pursuant to rule 3-11 a record manifesting a lack of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, or reliability may constitute a basis for denial of admission. Any of the following may be considered by the board to be a basis for further inquiry before recommending admission:

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How does the board determine the appropriate weight and significance to be given the prior conduct?
As required by rule 3-12, the board will use the following factors in assigning weight and significance to prior conduct:

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What rights does a bar applicant have when appearing before the board for a formal hearing?
After completing its background investigation of a bar applicant, which may include the applicant's appearance at an investigative hearing, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners can do one of the following:
The filing of Specifications triggers certain procedural rights designed to provide the applicant with due process and to ensure the fairness of the process. Applicants are entitled to the following: Following the formal hearing, the panel renders its decision based solely on the evidence introduced into the record at the formal hearing. If the panel recommends that the applicant not be admitted, then written Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law are prepared and filed. A bar applicant who has received an unfavorable recommendation from the board may seek review of such recommendation before the Florida Supreme Court. See rules 3-23 through 3-40.1.

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When should I amend my Bar Application?
Applicants have an obligation to keep all responses to the Bar Application current and complete (including but not limited to new employment, change of address, arrests, or traffic citations) until execution of the Oath of Attorney. Changes should be reported to the board by notarized amendment form. An amendment is considered timely if made as soon as possible but not later than 30 days after any occurrence that changes or renders incomplete any answer to any question on the Bar Application.

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How do I get a copy of my previously filed Bar Application?
A copy of the Bar Application is available if your application is pending or you have been admitted for less than five years. Submit your written request including your name, any other name(s) by which you have been known, your date of birth, your Social Security number, and the $50 fee to:

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
                 FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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When will my investigation be completed?
When the board receives your complete Bar Application, including all supporting documents, that date is assigned as your file date and processing of your background investigation begins. Your file date appears in the upper right corner of the board’s correspondence to you, along with your file number.

You will receive routine status letters that request clarification, information, or supporting documentation, and acknowledge items received from you. These letters will specify “no outstanding requests at this time” if there are none, or when you have satisfied all previous requests. Information you provide must often be confirmed with outside sources, which consumes additional time.

Status advice will not be provided beyond these routine status letters during the first six months of processing. If your file date is older than six months, you may request in writing a detailed status report. Do not call the board’s office to ask the status of your file. Specific file information is confidential in nature and communicated to applicants in writing only.

Files are moved along the processing track systematically based on file date. Applicants can assist in completing the investigative process by registering as a student, filing as early as possible, submitting a complete application, and responding to the board’s requests in a timely manner. While sympathetic to dire and unusual personal circumstances, the board does not make exceptions in the processing order of files.

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Can I confirm receipt of application materials by telephone?
No. All amendments, faxes, and documents you submit are acknowledged in writing by regular mail. The board’s goal is to communicate accurately and completely as soon as possible after receipt of materials. In acknowledging receipt of your application materials, you will also be advised of items that remain outstanding. Staff will not confirm receipt of materials by telephone as this can compromise the confidentiality of the application process. Additionally, telephone calls seeking confirmation of materials do not accelerate processing of your application and can lead to delays in responding to both receipt of the materials and receipt of a telephone inquiry.

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Can a screen reader be used to complete the Florida Bar Application and the Florida Bar Examination Application?
Yes. Each application can be completed using a screen reader. Although most screen readers allow users to navigate directly to and between form fields, it is highly suggested that you read each form prior to and after completion.

After completion, you will be required to finalize each application. Once finalized you are required to print the final documents, have each notarized, and mail the notarized applications to the board’s office with the applicable fee.

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When is the bar examination given?
The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

See Florida Bar Examination Information and rule 4-14.

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What are the eligibility requirements for taking the bar examination?
Educational Requirements
The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination (Parts A and B) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). The educational requirements for the General Bar Examination are different from those required of the MPRE.
Other Eligibility Requirements
Prospective applicants with any one or more of the issues listed below may not be eligible.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
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1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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What must be filed for the bar examination and when?
Pursuant to rule 4-40 through 4-47, each applicant desiring to take the General Bar Examination for the first time must submit to the board either the complete Bar Application or, in the case of law student registrants and repeat takers, the Re-Examination/Conversion Application, the appropriate applicant filing fee, a current 2” x 2” photograph, and proof that fingerprints have been taken by, or mailed to, MorphoTrust USA.

Florida Bar Examination Filing Deadlines - Bar Applications and Re-Examination/Conversion Applications not filed timely will be accepted; however, the appropriate late filing fee must be submitted with the application. The following table shows the filing deadlines and late filing fees for each examination.

SCHEDULE OF FILING DEADLINES & LATE FEES
Late FeeDetermined byFebruary ExamJuly Exam
TimelyPostmarked on or beforeNovember 15May 1
$325Postmarked on or beforeDecember 15June 1
$625Postmarked on or beforeJanuary 15June 15

Initial applications postmarked after January 15 for the February examination or after June 15 for the July examination will not be accepted. Any application filing requirements completed subsequent to those dates, regardless of the date the initial application was filed, will not be considered to have met the late filing deadline and will not be accepted.

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What is the NCBE number and why must I provide it?
Your unique NCBE Number will be used for identification purposes when you take the Multistate Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and may be used as an identifier for other bar-admission-related purposes. You can go to www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number to either retrieve your NCBE number or request an NCBE Number.

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Can I use my laptop to take the bar examination?

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What is permitted in the examination room?
Examinees are required to have an official photo badge, which is given to you at the examination site. Black pens, pencils, and scratch paper (when permitted) will be provided at your desk position. Only a jacket, money, keys, and a picture ID are authorized to be taken into the examination room. Laptop computers are permitted only if the examinee has registered and qualified through ExamSoft® prior to the examination.

Video surveillance and metal detectors are employed to support these restrictions. The following items are not permitted in the examination room:

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If I bring a backpack, purse, cell phone, or other items to the examination site that are not permitted in the examination room, where can I store them?
To be admitted to the examination without delay, do not bring any prohibited items to the Convention Center including cellular telephones, pagers, etc. If you do bring prohibited items to the Convention Center, you must store the item in a designated area of the Tampa Convention Center and will not be able to retrieve the item until the end of the day. Additionally, to avoid delays we suggest that you also refrain from wearing jewelry, belts, and other items that may set off the metal detectors. Your best solution is to leave items not permitted in the examination room at home, in your hotel room safe, or locked in your car.

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Will I be permitted to leave the examination room during the examination to get water or use the restroom?
No, once you enter the examination room, you will not be permitted to leave until you complete that session of the examination and turn in your papers. Water fountains and restrooms are located inside the examination room to provide examinees easy access during the examination.

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What if I have a medical condition that requires me to have items not normally permitted in the examination room?
You should submit a Notice of Medical Alert. The document must be completed and submitted to the board's office 2 weeks in advance of the examination. If your request is approved, a letter of authorization will be provided for you to gain entry into the examination room. A new notice is required for each administration of the examination that you attend.

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How do I find information about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?
The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

All applicants for admission in Florida must submit to the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. The MPRE is typically administered in March, August, and November at various locations around the country; the dates are set at the discretion of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). You may take the MPRE in Florida or any other state and must request that the results be forwarded to Florida directly from the NCBE.

MPRE scores are acceptable under the following conditions:

The MPRE may be taken prior to graduation from law school. For information about examination dates, deadlines, examination sites, online registration for the MPRE and MPRE score transfer, visit the NCBE website.

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How do I find information about hotels in Tampa?
Refer to the map of hotels within 10 miles of the Tampa Convention Center that have requested to be listed on this site.

For availability, rate information and reservations, contact the hotels directly and indicate you are taking the Florida Bar Examination.

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What law school courses will help me pass the Florida Bar Examination?
Enroll in courses that will assist you in preparing for the examination. The bar examination covers subjects selected from the following: Florida Constitutional Law, Florida Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (Rules 2.051, 2.060, and 2.160), Federal Constitutional Law, Chapters 4&5 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Business Entities including Corporations & Partnerships, Wills & Administration of Estates, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, and Trusts. To the extent these courses are not required by your law school, consult this list when registering for elective credit hours.

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Does the board offer any study materials?
Study guides are published for the Florida-prepared portion (Part A), the Multistate Bar Examination (Part B) of the General Bar Examination, and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

The study guide for Part A includes essay questions from two previous administrations, sample answers to the essay questions, and sample multiple-choice questions. The Study Guide is available in PDF format at no cost on this website.

An MBE (Part B) Information Booklet is available on the NCBE website.

An MPRE Information Booklet is available at no cost on the NCBE website.

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What bar review courses are available?
The board does not maintain or disseminate any information regarding bar review courses.

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How are General Bar Examination grades released?
When the Supreme Court of Florida releases the General Bar Examination results, the Supreme Court posts the results on the Supreme Court’s website for 30 days.

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Can I postpone from taking the General Bar Examination?
Yes. Pursuant to rule 4-45 and rule 4-46, you may postpone for any reason from any General Bar Examination for which you have been issued a ticket. To do so, you must complete and fax or mail the Notice of Postponement prior to the commencement of the administration of the bar examination. Your previously paid application fee will be applied to the next bar examination for which you apply; however, you will incur a postponement fee.

The fee to postpone from the General Bar Examination is determined by the date of receipt in the board’s office of your Notice of Postponement ($100 if received at least 7 days before the commencement of the administration of the examination, or $200 if received prior to but less than 7 days before the commencement of the administration of the examination). If written notification is not received prior to the commencement of the examination, or not provided at all, the fee to take a subsequent examination will be $450 pursuant to rule 4-47.

Note: If you applied to take both Part A and Part B, but have decided to take one part only, do not submit the Notice of Postponement (so that you retain a seat for the part you do take). Understand that you will be required to pay the $450 re-examination fee to apply to take any part of the examination at a future date.

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