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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Public Member Position on the Board

Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before April 30, 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 30, 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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