June 17, 2013, is the final cut-off deadline to submit Bar Applications and|
Petitions for Test Accommodations for the July 2013 bar examination.
In Florida the admission of attorneys to the practice of law is a judicial function. This board is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Florida created by the Court to handle matters of bar admission. The primary purpose of the character and fitness screening before admission to The Florida Bar is to protect the public and safeguard the judicial system. The primary purpose of the bar examination is to ensure that all who are ultimately admitted have demonstrated minimum technical competence. In order to be admitted in Florida, an applicant must have proof of good moral character and must successfully complete the Florida Bar Examination.
This site offers answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the admissions process, provides access to the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to The Bar and links to other agencies with useful information. Additionally, the site provides access to a program for completing the Bar Application online and for printing Bar Application supporting forms.
You are encouraged to read and review the Admission Requirements prior to proceeding to the checklists. Be aware of the filing deadlines for the bar examination as specified in rule 4-43:
SCHEDULE OF FILING DEADLINES & LATE FEES
|Late Fee||Determined by||February Exam||July Exam|
|Timely||Postmarked on or before||November 15||May 1|
|$325||Postmarked on or before||December 15||June 1|
|$625||Postmarked on or before||January 15||June 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. If the examination filing deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, then the deadline will be extended until the end of the next business day.
- Effective with the July 2012 General Bar Examination, if it is discovered that an applicant has a cell phone or other prohibited electronic device on his or her person after the examination has started, the device will be confiscated, the applicant will be expelled from the examination, and the examination will not be graded. The device will be returned after inspection.
- An online version of the bar admissions information presented to beginning Florida law school students is now available (PDF - 497k):
January Beginning Student Information
May Beginning Student Information
August Beginning Student Information.