Examination Information

The timely filing deadline for the July 2019 General Bar Examination is May 1, 2019.

Bar Admissions Presentations

An online version of the bar admissions information presented to beginning Florida law school students is now available. Also available is an online version of information provided for 3L students.

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Bar Examiners Modify Disorder Evaluation Requirements

The Board approved a policy change effective March 21, 2019, affecting applicants requested by the Board to undergo evaluations related to substance use disorders or certain severe mental health disorders.

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Laptop Program

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners will permit applicants to take the essay portion of the Florida Bar Examination using laptops under certain conditions. Those who apply to register and qualify will use a software program, ILG Exam360 ® that prevents an applicant from accessing any other file in the laptop aside from the word processing function provided by the software. To use a laptop during the examination, applicants must:
  • Have a laptop that meets the system requirements found on the ILG Exam 360® website.
  • Access the Internet following the examination to upload the essay answers prior to the 10:00 p.m. cut-off on Tuesday evening.
  • Have experience working with the laptop and the software before administration of the examination, and be prepared to continue with the examination by hand writing your answers in the event of a malfunction with the laptop or software, or in the event of a power failure.
  • Submit your completed Section D or Re-Examination/Conversion Application, photo, proof of being fingerprinted, exam fees, and $125.00 (non-refundable and non-transferable fee) by the deadlines outlined below. Late fees associated with the filing of the Section D or Re-Examination/Conversion Application apply. All filing requirements must be met and all fees paid by the laptop deadline ( received by January 15 or June 15).
  • Access your ILG Exam360® user account and complete the ILG Exam360® registration process to be able to download and install the ILG Exam360® software onto your laptop by February 1 for the February examination or July 1 for the July examination. The software will be available for downloading from the ILG Exam360® website in advance of the examination.
  • Provide a valid e-mail address that you will have access to until the administration of the examination. It is recommended that you use your personal e-mail address and not an e-mail address associated with your employer or school.
Laptop Deadlines
Examination Date
Apply With The Board and Submit Laptop Fee By
Register & Qualify For ILG Exam360 ®
February
January 15 (received by)
January 2 through February 1
July
June 15 (received by)
June 1 through July 1

Applicants who apply for the laptop program, but who do not have the software pre-installed and do not register by the registration deadline listed above will not be allowed to use their laptop and will be required to hand write the essay portion of the examination. Applicants will be required to access the Internet following the examination to upload their answers. There will be no opportunity to review your answers in printed form.

By agreeing to the terms and conditions set forth above, you acknowledge that the Florida Board of Bar Examiners does not warrant or guarantee the software program, and that you will be experienced with both the laptop and the software you will be using prior to taking the bar examination. You accept use of the ILG Exam360® software under the provisions of the ILG Exam360® license agreement during the registration process prior to downloading ILG Exam360® and agree to be bound by its terms and conditions. By your election to participate in this program, you also agree to continue the examination by writing in the event there is a hardware or software malfunction, or in the event of a power failure.

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