Florida Bar Exam Date Changed to Avoid Primary Election Day

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, announces a change to the date of the August 2020 Bar Examination. To avoid a conflict with the August 18, 2020 primary election in Florida, the August 2020 Bar Examination will be administered on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

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Florida Bar Exam Moves to Online Format in August

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, announces that the in-person administration of the General Bar Examination scheduled for July 28 and 29, 2020, in Tampa and Orlando, is canceled. In its place, the Board will administer an online bar examination on August 18, 2020 [date changed to August 19, 2020] . Please see the board's press release dated July 1, 2020 for specific information about the online examination.

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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Application and Conversion Checklists and Supporting Forms

Reference Bar Application

A copy of the Florida Bar Application is available for your reference only; do not submit it to the board's office. The copy of the application is provided to inform you of all questions that are posed on the bar application in order to assist you in gathering required information. Use the applicable checklist below to access the interactive, online bar application and for instructions to properly file your application with the board.

Checklists to:
  • Register as a First or Second Year Student
    File the Student Registration by the earliest deadline under rule 2-23.1(a) to qualify for the lowest fee; students filing for the first time in the second year of law school must pay the full registration fee of $400. Special Note: Student Registration provides both the Certified LegaI Internship (CLI) clearance requirement, and preliminary processing for admission to The Florida Bar.
  • Convert a Student Registration or CLI Registration to Pursue Admission to The Florida Bar
    Student Registration should be converted at the beginning of the final year of law school. Early filing is recommended.
  • Register for Certified Legal Internship (CLI) Clearance only
    If you plan to take the Florida Bar Examination in the future, do not use this checklist. If you do not plan to take the Florida Bar Examination in the future, then use this checklist to file a CLI Only Registration within 250 days from entry into law school to receive registrant clearance for the lowest fee.
  • File a Bar Application (Student Registration not previously filed, first time taker of the examination)
    The Bar Application is required both to initiate the background investigation and to receive a ticket of admission into the General Bar Examination. Completed Bar Applications with the appropriate fee must be postmarked by the November 15 (for the February Examination) or May 1 (for the July Examination) filing deadline to avoid late filing fees. See Florida Bar Examination Information for more information about the General Bar Examination and the MPRE. Though you can wait until the filing deadlines to submit your application, 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.
  • File a Re-Examination Application (repeater or postponer)
    Completed Re-Examination Applications with the appropriate fee must be postmarked by the November 15 (for the February Examination) or May 1 (for the July Examination) filing deadline to avoid late filing fees. See Florida Bar Examination Information for more information about the General Bar Examination and the MPRE.
  • File an Updated Bar Application (Prior Bar Application now obsolete)
    For those applicants whose prior application became stale pursuant to rule 2-29(a), was terminated pursuant to rule 3-14.6(a), or was denied under rule 3-23.6(d), a new Bar Application must be filed.
  • File an Application for Temporary Certification as a Military Spouse
    For those applicants seeking temporary certification to practice law in Florida as a military spouse under Chapter 21, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and Rule 2-23.7 of the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar.
  • File a Test Accommodations Petition

Supporting Forms
The forms listed below are available in PDF format for printing as needed.
  • Amendment (PDF - 72k)
    Amendment forms are used to update the Bar Application. Applicants and registrants have a continuing obligation to keep each item on the Bar Application current until sworn in as a member of the Bar; or, in the case of CLI Registrants, through the conclusion of any term of Certified Legal Internship that may result. An amendment to the application is timely if made within 30 days.
  • Change of Address (PDF - 87k)
    This form is to be used to keep current contact information on file with the board.
  • Financial Affidavit (PDF - 442k)
    This form is to be completed when required by a response to one of the items on the Bar Application, or if specifically requested by the board during the investigation. The form is a fillable PDF that calculates totals interactively. You should complete the form on your computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader (or a purchased product); please do not print the form and fill it out by hand. Once you have completed the form, you will need to print it out to have it sworn before a notary.
  • Suggested Order for Unsealing Records (PDF - 115k)
    If you have sealed arrest records, you will need to undertake the necessary action to have the records unsealed.
  • IRS Form 4506-T (PDF - 62k)
    This form is used to obtain IRS tax return transcripts. It is to be completed if specifically requested by the board during the board’s investigation. Read the instructions on page 2, complete all appropriate blanks including the transcript type requested and year or period requested (if more than four periods requested, you need to complete an additional form), sign the form, and submit the form to the IRS. Upon receipt of the transcript(s), forward the records directly to the board.
  • Authorization and Release (PDF - 63k)
  • Affidavit of Compliance (PDF - 62k)
  • Notice of Medical Alert or Condition Requiring Special Seating or Assistive Devices (PDF - 54k)
  • Notice of Postponement (PDF - 70k)
  • Certificate of Dean (PDF - 171k)
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