Fall 2019 Student Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline for fall 2019 1L students to file a late student registration was March 16, 2020. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners is extending this deadline to Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

Practice Analysis

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners announces the initiation of a comprehensive analysis of the practice of law in Florida

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Attorney Member Positions

Members of The Florida Bar are being sought to fill three vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for a five-year term. The deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to the close of business on April 9, 2020, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Public Member Position

Members of the public are invited to volunteer to fill one public member vacancy for one three-year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to the close of business on April 9, 2020, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Examination Information

Results from the February 2020 examination are anticipated to be released on April 13, 2020. The timely filing deadline for the July 2020 General Bar Examination is May 1, 2020.

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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Public Member Position on the Board

Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before April 9, 2020, for one three-year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

The Supreme Court will appoint one public member to serve on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

A public member volunteer must have a bachelor’s degree and be deemed qualified by the court to assess whether applicants for admission to the Bar meet the essential eligibility requirements for admission under the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar. Past public member volunteers have possessed experience in education, medicine, psychology, science, accounting, statistical analysis, retired military, and various other professions. Lawyers are not eligible.

Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations, with travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed. Board members should be willing and able to devote the equivalent of 3-4 days’ work a month, or up to 350 or more hours per year on board business, depending on committee assignments.

Board members should be interested in seeking to improve the examination and its administration, and to evaluate carefully the character and fitness of applicants seeking admission to the Bar. Board members should be free of adverse interests, conflicting duties, or inconsistent obligations that may interfere or appear to interfere with the proper administration of the board’s mandate from the court.

The vacancy will occur on November 1 with the expiration of the term of William F. Hodgkins of Lynn Haven.

Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may download the Questionnaire for Public Member Vacancy or should call Bar headquarters at 850-561-5667, to obtain the questionnaire. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to specialapptapp@floridabar.org no later than the close of business on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. A joint committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.

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