Examination Information

The final deadline for the July 2019 examination has passed; no further applications will be accepted. The timely filing deadline for the February 2020 examination is November 15, 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are frequently asked about admission to The Florida Bar. Each of the questions below is linked to its corresponding answer.

General Admission Information

How can I contact the Florida Board of Bar Examiners? How do I apply? How do I submit the required fingerprints?Must I enter my Social Security number?Must I provide documentation of my U.S. citizenship or immigration status?When should I file my application?May I register as a first-year law student? Is it still possible to file a student registration as a second-year law student?May I file a student registration as a third-year law student?How do I meet the clearance requirement for the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program?What fees do I pay to take the examination and apply for admission?Does Florida have reciprocity with any jurisdiction?Does Florida accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions?How do I have my Florida MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction?May I fax documents and information to the board?What is my file number and why does it change?How can I apply for accommodations under the ADA?May I apply now if I have been disbarred from Florida?May I apply now if I have been disbarred in another jurisdiction?May I apply now if I am suspended for disciplinary reasons in another jurisdiction?May I apply now if I am a convicted felon or serving felony probation?May I apply now if I have previously been denied admission to The Florida Bar?What recent changes have been made to the rules?Does Florida allow spouses of the military to apply for a temporary admission to The Florida Bar?Does Florida have a program to assist lawyers or law students with substance misuse or mental health?What does the Florida Bar Application ask about an applicant’s mental health?I sought counseling for stress or anxiety while I was in law school or as a practicing lawyer in another state. Do I need to report my treatment for stress or anxiety on my Florida Bar Application?Will my mental health information be kept confidential?What does the Florida Bar Application ask about substance use?What is conditional admission?Is conditional admission confidential? I am an out-of-state lawyer who is interested in conditional admission in Florida. Will the board accept monitoring by another state’s lawyer assistance program as documentation of sobriety?

Bar Application

What does it mean that a bar applicant must possess "good moral character?" What is disqualifying conduct?How does the board determine the appropriate weight and significance to be given the prior conduct?What rights does a bar applicant have when appearing before the board for a formal hearing?When should I amend my Bar Application?How do I get a copy of my previously filed Bar Application?When will my investigation be completed?Can I confirm receipt of application materials by telephone?Can a screen reader be used to complete the Florida Bar Application and the Florida Bar Examination Application?

Bar Examination

When is the bar examination given?What are the eligibility requirements for taking the bar examination?What must be filed for the bar examination and when?What is the NCBE number and why must I provide it?Can I use my laptop to take the bar examination?What is permitted in the examination room?If I bring a backpack, purse, cell phone, or other items to the examination site that are not permitted in the examination room, where can I store them?Will I be permitted to leave the examination room during the examination to get water or use the restroom?What if I have a medical condition or other circumstance that requires me to have items not normally permitted in the examination room or to have special seating arrangements?What if I am a nursing mother who needs to pump during the examination?How do I find information about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination? How do I find information about hotels in Tampa?What law school courses will help me pass the Florida Bar Examination?Does the board offer any study materials?What bar review courses are available?How are General Bar Examination grades released?Can I postpone from taking the General Bar Examination?

Creating an Online Account

How do I create an online account with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners?What is Two Factor Authentication?What Two Factor Authentication app should I use?What if I do not have a smart device?What are scratch codes and why might I need them?Where do I find scratch codes for my profile?What if I get a new smart device?What if I lose my smart device?What if I need to change my profile name?Should I check the “Remember this device” option?What if I do not have a smart device or a secure, personal computer?What if I need to change my email address?

How can I contact the Florida Board of Bar Examiners?

Mailing Address:

U.S. Postal Service :
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service :
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537

Fax Number:
(850) 414-6822
All normal long distance charges may apply.
Telephone Number:
(850) 487-1292
Telephones are answered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Driving Directions:
The board’s office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located in the Tippin-Moore Building at 1891 Eider Court in Tallahassee, Florida. From I-10 take Exit 203-Tallahassee/Thomasville. You will exit onto Thomasville Road (US 319). From Thomasville Road drive east on Capital Circle NE, approximately 2.5 miles. Once you cross the intersection at Centerville Road, you will turn left at the first traffic light onto Capital Medical Boulevard. You will pass Capital Regional Medical Center on your left. Eider Court will be the second street on your left after you pass the hospital’s emergency entrance. The board’s office building is on the right after you make the turn. Public parking for the board’s office is across the street from the front entrance to the building (turn left into the lot before the curve).
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How do I apply?

The Bar Application is available on this website. The board requires completion of the application online. Use the checklists to ensure that the application is complete and that you meet all filing requirements at the time you complete your application and submit the Cover Sheet for Bar Application Submission. Supplemental Forms are available for printing on this website (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
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How do I submit the required fingerprints?

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners now requires all applicants to be fingerprinted electronically by IdentGO by MorphoTrust USA. IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA has 69 locations across the State of Florida.

Applicants must arrange to be fingerprinted prior to submitting the Bar Application, Student Registration, or CLI Registration. Processing of the application or registration cannot begin until the board has received confirmation (either a receipt provided by an applicant or notification directly from IdentGO by MorphoTrust USA) that the fingerprints have been taken or scanned. The fee to have fingerprints processed by IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA is $53.25 plus tax.

Applicants who live in Florida should go to IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA. Follow the instructions found there (under "Digital Fingerprinting" select "Schedule a New Appointment") in order to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted and to pay the required fee. In order to take a bar examination, applicants must be fingerprinted by IdentGO by MorphoTrust USA on or before that examination's filing deadline.

Applicants who live outside of Florida:

  • Have a standard fingerprint card completed by an authorized law enforcement agency.
  • Make one copy of the fingerprint card to be sent to the Board of Bar Examiners with your application materials.
  • Go to IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA;
  • Select "Florida" under "Search for services by state";
  • Click on "Digital Fingerprinting";
  • Click "Register for Fingerprint Card Processing Service";
  • Select "Florida Board of Bar Examiners" from the drop down menu;
  • Read the three steps required to continue the registration process and click "yes" if you wish to continue;
  • Complete the Personal Information;
  • Proceed to arrange payment to IdentoGO by clicking on the "Continue to US Bank E-Pay" button;
  • In order to take a bar examination, the original, completed fingerprint card must be postmarked by that examination's filing deadline. Mail the original fingerprint card to the address displayed subsequent to arranging payment:

    MorphoTrust USA Florida Card Scan Operations
    c/o Prints, Inc.
    336 East College Ave., Suite 301
    Tallahassee, FL 32301

In either case, provide a copy of the receipt to the board with the application. All questions regarding fingerprint submissions should be directed to IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA at (844)-321-2124.

IMPORTANT: Applicants must submit the Bar Application, Student Registration, or CLI Registration within six months of being fingerprinted. Failure to do so will result in having to be re-fingerprinted at the applicant's expense.

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Must I enter my Social Security number?

In compliance with the federal Privacy Act of 1974, disclosure of your Social Security number is mandatory as authorized by provisions of rules 1-63.8, 3-14.1, 3-14.2, and 4-41 of the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admission to the Bar.

The board uses a Social Security number to verify the identity of an individual. An applicant's entire Social Security number may be furnished to the following types of agencies during the processing of the Bar Application, including the board's background investigation into an applicant's character and fitness for membership in The Florida Bar:

  • credit reporting agencies
  • personal creditors
  • financial institutions
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • educational institutions
  • branches of the military
  • unemployment compensation agencies
  • federal and state police

The last four digits of the Social Security number may be furnished to the following types of agencies:
  • child support enforcement
  • present and past employers
  • professional licensing and license regulation agencies
  • medical and health practitioners
  • bar admission agencies
  • bar associations

Individuals such as personal references, opposing counsel, A.A. sponsors, and former spouses are not provided an applicant's Social Security number.
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Must I provide documentation of my U.S. citizenship or immigration status?

Yes, all applicants are required to document their citizenship or immigration status.

U.S. citizen:

  • If you are a U.S. citizen and were born in the U.S., the board will accept a certified copy of your birth certificate. You should obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the appropriate government office in the state where you were born. You can locate the appropriate office to contact by visiting the Vital Records website.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen who was born abroad, the board will accept a certified copy of a Certification of Birth (DS-1350) or a certified copy of the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • The board does not accept hospital birth certificates, photocopies, notarized photocopies, or foreign birth certificates.

U.S. citizen via naturalization:
  • The board will accept a photocopy of your Certificate of Naturalization for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for verification of authenticity.
  • Certified copies of a valid U.S. Passport record may also be submitted as proof of citizenship; however, this process can take 4-6 weeks. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Not a citizen of the United States:
  • Provide a photocopy of the immigration document that documents your status for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for verification of authenticity. The USCIS has indicated a copy of these documents may be made to the board for submission to USCIS, regardless of the statement prohibiting copying of these documents. For more information on how to obtain copies of immigration documents or duplication of these documents, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
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When should I file my application?

To be considered timely filed, first-time applicants are required to file the Bar Application, and registrants are required to file the Supplement to Bar Application and the Re-Examination/Conversion Application, by the filing deadline ( Florida Bar Examination Information). Applicants who miss the timely filing deadline can still apply for the examination by submitting the appropriate late filing fee with the completed application(s). Though applicants can wait until the filing deadlines to submit the application(s), the sooner the process is initiated, 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. A quick response to requests for incomplete or additional information will assist in the prompt completion of the investigation.
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May I register as a first-year law student?

Yes, first-year law students are encouraged to register with the board during their first year of law school. In addition to the early start of the investigative process, student registrants are afforded a significant savings on the application fees. Rule 2-23.1 provides for discounted registration fees if your Registrant Bar Application is postmarked or received by the deadlines outlined below:

Student Registrant deadlines (for discounted fees) are dates based on
law school start dates, and are the same for all law schools.
Law School Start Date
$100 Filing Deadline
$350 Filing Deadline
August/September
the following January 15
the following March 15
January/February
the following June 15
the following August 15
May/June
the following October 15
the following December 15

All student registrations postmarked after March 15, August 15, or December 15 (whichever is applicable) require the full registration fee of $400. While there is no dollar savings at this point, student registrants still gain the advantage of early investigative steps already conducted when they convert in their third year. Students registering early in law school are required to convert their registration into a regular application during their third year of law school, at which time the $600 converter fee is due.

Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.

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Is it still possible to file a student registration as a second-year law student?

Yes, the board encourages second-year law school students to file a student registration with the board if they did not do so in their first year. Although the background investigation will begin later than those of students who filed a registration in the first year of law school, it is still possible that clearance can be obtained prior to the third year of law school in time to participate in internships or externships. Discounted fees are no longer available for students who file a registration in the second year of law school; the full registration fee of $400 is required. 

Students who file a student registration in the second year of law school are required to convert the student registration into a regular application during the final year of law school, at which time the $600 converter fee is due. 

Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.
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May I file a student registration as a third-year law student?

If you are within 12 months of your anticipated graduation date, you should file an application for admission to The Florida Bar as well as an application to take the General Bar Examination (Section D of the bar application) rather than a student registration; a student registration will not be accepted at that point. The full application fee of $1000 will be required.

If your bar application is filed in the summer prior to your third year of law school, or at the beginning of your third year of law school, it may still be possible to receive clearance from the board in order to participate in an internship or externship in the last semester of law school; however, it is much less likely that the investigation can be completed within that time frame than if you had filed a student registration in the first or second year of law school.
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How do I meet the clearance requirement for the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program?

Rule 11-1.3(a) of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar requires that law students register with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and receive registrant clearance as one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program for law school practice. There are two ways to obtain CLI clearance:

  • Student Registration – From the Home page, click on “checklists,” and then select “Register as a First Year Student.” This filing status begins the processing track for bar admission in Florida. It also provides registrant clearance that is one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship program. If filed by the earliest deadline provided under rule 2-23.1(a) the filing fee is $100, the lowest fee that provides the greatest cost savings.
  • Certified Legal Intern (CLI) Registration – From the Home page, click on “checklists,” and then select “Register for Certified Legal Internship (CLI) Clearance only.” This filing status provides CLI clearance only, which is one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship program. It does not pursue admission to practice law in Florida. If filed within the first 250 days of beginning law school, the filing fee is $75; after 250 days of beginning law school, the filing fee is $150.

If there is any chance you will pursue admission to The Florida Bar, Student Registration is the option to choose.
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What fees do I pay to take the examination and apply for admission?

The cost of filing a Bar Application is covered by one fee that is determined by your status as set forth in rule 2-23.2 through rule 2-23.4.

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$600
For law students who filed an early registration and are now converting to a regular applicant and plan to take the Bar Examination
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$1000
For law students who did not file an early registration, for persons who have not been admitted, or for persons who have been admitted for less than one year
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$1600
For attorneys admitted more than 1 but less than 5 years
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$2000
For attorneys admitted more than 5 but less than 10 years
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$2400
For attorneys admitted more than 10 but less than 15 years
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$3000
For attorneys admitted 15 years or more


Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.
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Does Florida have reciprocity with any jurisdiction?

There is no reciprocity between Florida and any other jurisdiction. Submission to the Florida Bar Examination and completion of a character and fitness investigation is required of all applicants.
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Does Florida accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions?

Effective November 30, 2017, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners will accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions if the score meets the criteria set forth under rules 4-26.2 and 4-18.1. The score must be transferred directly to the board by the National Conference of Bar Examiners or from the jurisdiction where the MBE was administered, only if the NCBE does not provide MBE score transfer service for that jurisdiction. In that case, forward the board's MBE Score Transfer Form to the jurisdiction for completion. Scores must be received directly from the NCBE or the jurisdiction where the MBE was administered , using the board's form; scores provided without identifying information will not be accepted.

For the February examination, scores must be received by January 15. For the July examination, scores must be received by June 15.
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How do I have my Florida MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction?

You may request that your Florida Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) score be transferred to another jurisdiction. Score transfers are not available for scores that are more than 7 years old. For information regarding the score transfer process and fees, as well as score transfer forms, visit the NCBE website.
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May I fax documents and information to the board?

Certain items relative to the Bar Application may be faxed to the board’s office. For items that require notarization, be sure to fax the page containing the notary information. The fax number is (850) 414-6822; all normal long distance charges may apply. Following are lists of items that may and may not be faxed to the board:

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Amendments*

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Bar Application/Cover Sheet for Bar Application Submission
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Change of Address*

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Supplement to Registrant Bar Application
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Correspondence

x
Bar Re-examination/Conversion Application
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Affidavit of Compliance*

x
Authorization & Release
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Financial Affidavit

x
Special Releases
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Form DD-214

x
Birth Certificate
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Litigation

x
Photo
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Petitions

x
Checks
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ADA Accommodation Forms*

x
Certificate of Dean
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Oath of Attorney

x
Certificates of Good Standing (COGS)
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Confirmation of MorphoTrust USA fingerprinting

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Transcripts



x
Answer to Specifications*



x
Applicant’s Formal Hearing Exhibits



x Consent Agreement

*For bar applications filed on or after June 26, 2017: You are able to submit Amendments, Change of Address, Acknowledgment of Compliance, ADA Accommodation Forms, and Answer to Specifications through the Applicant Portal. Notification of change of address should be made by amending Item 1.c. of the Bar Application via an online amendment. The board will continue to communicate with you through the mail, so you must keep your address current. In addition, you may upload a scan of a printed and properly executed Financial Affidavit, Form DD-214, litigation documentation, and other supplemental documentation through the portal. Log in to your account and refer to the Supporting Documents page, linked on your Bar Application Progress page, for instructions.

Providing duplicate material by both fax and regular or overnight mail causes double handling of the same correspondence. This duplication increases costs and will delay acknowledgement of the correspondence. Increased costs will eventually increase applicant fees. Please utilize only one method of communication (fax or mail) per submission. If time is of the essence, fax the response; however, if an original document is required to be received by a deadline, faxing a copy of the document will not be considered as having met the deadline. Note that faxes are processed the next business day after they are received by the board.

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What is my file number and why does it change?

File numbers are assigned based on each applicant's filing profile: student registrant or applicant. Applicant file numbers that are all numeric are permanent and will not change. File numbers that include a 'B' is the designation for a student registrant that will change when the registrant files the Supplement to Registrant Bar Application in the third year of law school.
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How can I apply for accommodations under the ADA?

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has a long history of providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with documented disabilities, well before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Bar Application Process - If you need an accommodation because of a disability to participate in the Bar Application process, please notify the Executive Director of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not assess a surcharge on a particular bar applicant with a disability or any group of bar applicants with disabilities to cover the costs of providing reasonable accommodations.

General Bar Examination Accommodations - Testing accommodations forms are available in PDF format for printing. Refer to rule 4-17 for additional information. The applicable items specified in the Petition Checklist must be completed and postmarked or received by the board on or before the filing deadline of the examination you plan to take.

Applicants with disabilities are entitled to, and have the responsibility to meet, the same deadline to apply as individuals without disabilities. As some of the forms require input from third parties, it is suggested that you request the appropriate individuals to complete the forms well in advance of the deadline for filing the petition for test accommodations, so that late filing fees are not incurred.

A timely petition requesting an accommodation for the February administration of the General Bar Examination must be postmarked or received not later than November 15 prior to the examination.

A timely petition requesting an accommodation for the July administration of the General Bar Examination must be postmarked or received not later than May 1 prior to the examination.

Applicants seeking to file an untimely petition will be permitted to do so on payment of a late fee as specified under rule 4-43. Petitions received after January 15 for the February examination and after June 15 for the July examination will not be accepted due to the time required to process a petition and accompanying documentation for review by the board, to reach a determination on the petition and to make necessary arrangements at the examination site.

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May I apply now if I have been disbarred from Florida?

Persons who have been disbarred from the practice of law or who have resigned pending disciplinary proceedings will not be eligible to apply in Florida until a period of 5 years from the date of disbarment or 3 years from the date of resignation or such other time as is set forth by any Florida rules of discipline and except on proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.

Persons who have been disbarred or resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings should write the board with any specific questions regarding eligibility to reapply for admission to The Florida Bar and to obtain further specific information regarding how to reapply for admission. A copy of the order of disbarment or resignation from Florida and proof of payment of all disciplinary costs under rule 2-13.25 should be included with the letter. Send your inquiry to:

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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May I apply now if I have been disbarred in another jurisdiction?

If a person's disbarment or disciplinary resignation is based on conduct that occurred in a foreign jurisdiction, then the person will not be eligible to apply for admission or readmission to The Florida Bar until the person is readmitted in the foreign jurisdiction where the conduct that resulted in discipline occurred. Readmission must occur in the foreign jurisdiction in which the conduct occurred, even if Florida imposed discipline prior to the imposition of discipline in the other jurisdiction, and proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed is required. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.



U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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May I apply now if I am suspended for disciplinary reasons in another jurisdiction?

Persons who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons from the practice of law in a foreign jurisdiction will not be eligible to apply in Florida until reinstated to the practice of law in the person's home state and except on proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed. See rule 2-13.2 and rule 2-13.25.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.



U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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May I apply now if I am a convicted felon or serving felony probation?

Persons who have been convicted of a felony will not be eligible to apply in Florida until the person's civil rights have been restored. See rule 2-13.3.

A person who is serving a sentence of felony probation, regardless of adjudication of guilt, will not be eligible to apply until termination of the period of probation. See rule 2-13.4.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.



U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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May I apply now if I have previously been denied admission to The Florida Bar?

Applicants who have been refused a favorable recommendation through the filing of Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law that have not been reversed by the Supreme Court of Florida will not be eligible to seek admission to The Florida Bar until 2 years after the date that the board delivered its adverse findings, or such other period as may be set in the Findings. See rule 2-13.5.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.



U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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What recent changes have been made to the rules?

On May 19, 2016, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order (PDF – 119k) updating several Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar.

The essential eligibility requirements found under rule 3-10.1 were amended to require an applicant to demonstrate the ability to meet the required attributes essential for applicants seeking admission to The Florida Bar and to add the ability to “avoid acts that exhibit disregard for the rights, safety, or welfare of others” to the list of required attributes.

Rule 3-23.1 was amended to indicate that an applicant’s failure to file an answer to Specifications will not only result in the Specifications being deemed admitted, but it will also “constitute a waiver of the applicant’s right to a formal hearing before the board…”

Under rule 3-30, a petition for board reconsideration must be received within 60 days of receipt of the board’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law and, if the petition meets the threshold for acceptance, the Office of General Counsel may file a response to the petition to which the applicant has the opportunity to file a reply brief.

Rule 4-22 was amended to remove specific reference to rule numbers from the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration and to add a description of the specific areas under the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration that may be tested under Part A of the General Bar Examination, that now includes “minimization of the filing of sensitive information.”

Pursuant to rules 4-42.4 and 4-43.2, the final deadline (January 15 for the February examination and June 15 for the July examination) 1 for filing a petition for test accommodations or an application to take the General Bar Examination is now a receipt deadline.

1Under rule 1-12.1, if a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, then the deadline will be extended until the end of the next business day.

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Does Florida allow spouses of the military to apply for a temporary admission to The Florida Bar?

Effective September 17, 2018, under Chapter 21, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (“Chapter 21”), the Supreme Court of Florida may certify a lawyer who is the spouse of a full-time active duty member of the United States Armed Forces to practice law in Florida while the lawyer’s spouse is stationed within Florida. A lawyer certified under this chapter is considered a member of The Florida Bar during the period of certification.

Applicants under Chapter 21 must file an application for admission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and receive board clearance after a character and fitness investigation. Please review Chapter 21 for more details about other eligibility requirements, continuing legal education requirements, permissible activities, annual renewal requirements, and termination of certification.

Under rule 2-23.7, Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to The Bar, the application fee for military spouses is $1,000. Along with the application, the applicant must provide the following documentation before processing of the application may begin:
  • Copy of spouse’s military orders to a duty station within Florida; and,
  • Proof that the member of the military is your spouse.
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Does Florida have a program to assist lawyers or law students with substance misuse or mental health?

Yes. Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. ("FLA") provides services relating to substance use or mental health to assist attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals. For more information on FLA, see https://www.fla-lap.org/ or call 1-800-282-8981.
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What does the Florida Bar Application ask about an applicant’s mental health?

Item 25 on the Florida Bar Application asks applicants to disclose any treatment for, or recurrence of, certain thought disorders (Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders) and mood disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder) that could impair an applicant’s ability to practice law. When applying, you should read Item 25 carefully. If you are unsure of how to answer it, consider consulting with your mental health provider.

The Board supports applicants seeking mental health treatment, and views effective treatment from a licensed professional as enhancing the applicant’s ability to meet the essential eligibility requirements to practice law.
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I sought counseling for stress or anxiety while I was in law school or as a practicing lawyer in another state. Do I need to report my treatment for stress or anxiety on my Florida Bar Application?

No. The Florida Bar Application asks applicants to disclose only certain thought disorders (Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders) and mood disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder) that could impair an applicant’s ability to practice law. You do not need to disclose any other mental health conditions or treatment, including any counseling for stress or anxiety.

The Board supports applicants seeking mental health treatment, and views effective treatment as enhancing the applicant’s ability to meet the essential eligibility requirements to practice law.
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Will my mental health information be kept confidential?

Yes. Like all matters before the board, any information about an applicant’s mental health is confidential.
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What does the Florida Bar Application ask about substance use?

Item 26 on the Florida Bar Application asks you to disclose any treatment for, or recurrence of, a substance-related disorder that could impair your ability to practice law. “Substance-related” includes, without limitation, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and misuse of prescription drugs.
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What is conditional admission?

In some cases involving substance misuse, certain mental health conditions, or both, the board may recommend a conditional admission. A conditional admission allows a person to practice law in Florida so long as he or she complies with treatment-related conditions for a defined time period. If the person complies with the conditions during the period for conditional admission, then the person may continue practicing law without conditions going forward.

The specific terms of the conditional admission, such as the length of time, depend on the applicant’s particular circumstances. For example, in cases involving drug or alcohol misuse, conditional admission involves a period of documented sobriety and participation in an abstinence-based support program. A conditional admission relating to mental health involves the applicant continuing regular treatment with the applicant’s mental health provider. If you have questions or would like more information about conditional admission, please write to the board.
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Is conditional admission confidential?

Yes. Like all matters before the board, conditional admission is confidential.
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I am an out-of-state lawyer who is interested in conditional admission in Florida. Will the board accept monitoring by another state’s lawyer assistance program as documentation of sobriety?

Yes. Generally speaking, monitoring in connection with another state’s lawyer assistance program will count toward documentation of sobriety provided the program includes a random drug and alcohol testing program. Please write to the board if you have a question about whether a specific program will qualify.
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What does it mean that a bar applicant must possess "good moral character?"

In the case of Florida Board of Bar Examiners re G.W.L., 364 So. 2d 454 (Fla. 1978), the Supreme Court of Florida concluded that good moral character should not be restricted to acts involving moral turpitude. Such a restricted definition "would not sufficiently protect the public interest." After observing that "the unscrupulous attorney... [has] frequent opportunities to defraud the client or obstruct the judicial process," the Supreme Court of Florida held that the appropriate standard of inquiry into good moral character should emphasize "honesty, fairness, and respect for the rights of others." The Court also recognized "that the standard of conduct required of an applicant for admission to the bar must have a rational connection to the applicant's fitness to practice law."

To further assist bar applicants and to provide guidance to the current and future members of the board, the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar contain provisions addressing the following subjects:

Rule 3-10, Standards of an Attorney and Essential Eligibility Requirements
Rule 3-11, Disqualifying Conduct
Rule 3-12, Determination of Present Character

These rules were taken from the Code of Recommended Standards for Bar Examiners adopted by the policy-making bodies of the American Bar Association, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and the Association of American Law Schools.

To obtain information regarding specific character problems, you can review published decisions of the Supreme Court of Florida. These cases are titled "Florida Board of Bar Examiners re" followed by a bar applicant's name or initials. For example, Florida Board of Bar Examiners re R.L.W., 793 So.2d 918 (Fla. 2001); Florida Board of Bar Examiners re J.H.K., 581 So.2d 37 (Fla. 1991); Florida Board of Bar Examiners re Kwasnik, 508 So.2d 338 (Fla. 1987). These cases are easily accessed by any computerized legal research service.
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What is disqualifying conduct?

Pursuant to rule 3-11, a record manifesting a lack of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, or reliability may constitute a basis for denial of admission. Any of the following may be considered by the board to be a basis for further inquiry before recommending admission:
  • Unlawful conduct
  • Academic misconduct
  • Making or procuring any false or misleading statement or omission of relevant information, including any false or misleading statement or omission on the Bar Application, or any amendment, or in any testimony or sworn statement submitted to the board
  • Misconduct in employment
  • Acts involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation
  • Abuse of legal process
  • Financial irresponsibility
  • Neglect of professional obligations
  • Violation of an order of a court
  • Evidence of mental or emotional instability
  • Evidence of drug or alcohol dependency
  • Denial of admission to the bar in another jurisdiction on character and fitness grounds
  • Disciplinary action by a lawyer disciplinary agency or other professional disciplinary agency of any jurisdiction
  • Any other conduct which reflects adversely upon the character and fitness of the applicant
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How does the board determine the appropriate weight and significance to be given the prior conduct?

As required by rule 3-12, the board will use the following factors in assigning weight and significance to prior conduct:
  • Applicant’s age at the time of the conduct
  • Recency of the conduct
  • Reliability of the information concerning the conduct
  • Seriousness of the conduct
  • Factors underlying the conduct
  • Cumulative effect of conduct or information
  • Evidence of rehabilitation (rule 3-13)
  • Applicant’s positive social contributions since the conduct
  • Applicant’s candor in the admissions process
  • Materiality of any omissions or misrepresentations
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What rights does a bar applicant have when appearing before the board for a formal hearing?

After completing its background investigation of a bar applicant, which may include the applicant's appearance at an investigative hearing, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners can do one of the following:
  • Recommend the applicant's admission to the Supreme Court of Florida
  • Enter into a consent agreement with the applicant providing for the applicant's conditional admission
  • Conduct further investigation into the applicant’s character and fitness
  • File Specifications (a document that contains formal allegations of misconduct that, if proven, could result in an unfavorable recommendation by the board)

The filing of Specifications triggers certain procedural rights designed to provide the applicant with due process and to ensure the fairness of the process. Applicants are entitled to the following:
  • A formal hearing (adversary proceeding) before a panel of the board consisting of no less than five members
  • The hearing panel cannot include any member who previously participated in an investigative hearing for such applicant, except with the applicant’s consent
  • Representation by legal counsel
  • Timely release of witness and exhibit lists by the parties
  • Access to the board's subpoena powers
  • Cross-examination of witnesses who are called to testify against the applicant
  • Presentation of witnesses and exhibits on the applicant's behalf (technical rules of evidence are not applicable during a formal hearing)

Following the formal hearing, the panel renders its decision based solely on the evidence introduced into the record at the formal hearing. If the panel recommends that the applicant not be admitted, then written Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law are prepared and filed. A bar applicant who has received an unfavorable recommendation from the board may seek review of such recommendation before the Florida Supreme Court. See rules 3-23 through 3-40.1.
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When should I amend my Bar Application?

Applicants have an obligation to keep all responses to the Bar Application current and complete (including but not limited to new employment, change of address, arrests, or traffic citations) until execution of the Oath of Attorney. For Bar Applications filed before June 26, 2017, changes should be reported to the board by notarized amendment form. For Bar Applications filed on or after June 26, 2017, amendments may be filed online through the applicant portal, or by notarized amendment form. To file an amendment through the portal, click on the Review Finalized Bar Application link, then on the Item that needs to be amended. An amendment is considered timely if made as soon as possible but not later than 30 days after any occurrence that changes or renders incomplete any answer to any question on the Bar Application.
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How do I get a copy of my previously filed Bar Application?

A copy of the Bar Application is available if your application is pending or you have been admitted for less than five years. Submit your written request including your name, any other name(s) by which you have been known, address to which it should be mailed, your date of birth, your Social Security number, and the $50 fee to:

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

For Bar Applications filed on or after June 26, 2017, a PDF copy of the bar application and any amendments subsequently filed online can be accessed and printed from the Applicant Portal; however, this is not an official and complete copy of the bar application. To obtain an official and complete copy of your bar application, please follow the instructions above and submit a written request to the board.
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When will my investigation be completed?

When the board receives your complete Bar Application, including all supporting documents, that date is assigned as your file date and processing of your background investigation begins. Your file date appears in the upper right corner of the board’s correspondence to you, along with your file number.

You will receive routine status letters that request clarification, information, or supporting documentation, and acknowledge items received from you. These letters will specify “no outstanding requests at this time” if there are none, or when you have satisfied all previous requests. Information you provide must often be confirmed with outside sources, which consumes additional time.

Status advice will not be provided beyond these routine status letters during the first six months of processing. If your file date is older than six months, you may request in writing a detailed status report. Do not call the board’s office to ask the status of your file. Specific file information is confidential in nature and communicated to applicants in writing only.

Files are moved along the processing track systematically based on file date. Applicants can assist in completing the investigative process by registering as a student, filing as early as possible, submitting a complete application, and responding to the board’s requests in a timely manner. While sympathetic to dire and unusual personal circumstances, the board does not make exceptions in the processing order of files.

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Can I confirm receipt of application materials by telephone?

No. All amendments, faxes, and documents you submit are acknowledged in writing by regular mail. The board’s goal is to communicate accurately and completely as soon as possible after receipt of materials. In acknowledging receipt of your application materials, you will also be advised of items that remain outstanding. Staff will not confirm receipt of materials by telephone as this can compromise the confidentiality of the application process. Additionally, telephone calls seeking confirmation of materials do not accelerate processing of your application and can lead to delays in responding to both receipt of the materials and receipt of a telephone inquiry.
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Can a screen reader be used to complete the Florida Bar Application and the Florida Bar Examination Application?

Yes. Each application can be completed using a screen reader. Although most screen readers allow users to navigate directly to and between form fields, it is highly suggested that you read each form prior to and after completion.

After completion, you will be required to finalize each application. Once finalized you are required to print the final documents, have each notarized, and mail the notarized applications to the board’s office with the applicable fee.

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When is the bar examination given?

The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).
  • The General Bar Examination is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday during the months of February and July.
  • The MPRE is typically administered in March, August, and November by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

See Florida Bar Examination Information and rule 4-14.
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What are the eligibility requirements for taking the bar examination?

Educational Requirements
The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination (Parts A and B) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). The educational requirements for the General Bar Examination are different from those required of the MPRE.
  • To take the General Bar Examination (Parts A and B) pursuant to rule 4-13.1, a person must have graduated or completed the requirements for graduation at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States in order to meet the educational requirements. An alternative method of educational qualification for those who did not graduate from an ABA-accredited law school is set out in rule 4-13.4 and further described in the instructions for filing a Representative Compilation of Work Product.
  • A person may take the MPRE prior to law school graduation pursuant to rule 4-13.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Prospective applicants with any one or more of the issues listed below may not be eligible.
  • Persons who have been disbarred from the practice of law or who have resigned pending disciplinary proceedings due to conduct which occurred in Florida will not be eligible to apply in Florida until a period of 5 years from the date of disbarment or 3 years from the date of resignation or such other time as is set forth by any Florida rules of discipline and except on payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.
  • Persons who have been disbarred from the practice of law or who have resigned pending disciplinary proceedings due to conduct which occurred in a foreign jurisdiction will not be eligible to apply in Florida until the person is readmitted in the foreign jurisdiction where the conduct, that resulted in discipline, occurred. Readmission must occur in the foreign jurisdiction in which the conduct occurred even if Florida imposed discipline prior to the imposition of discipline in the other jurisdiction and proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed is required. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.
  • Persons who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons from the practice of law in a foreign jurisdiction will not be eligible to apply in Florida until reinstated to the practice of law in the person's home state and except on payment of any restitution and disciplinary costs imposed by a court in its order of suspension pursuant to rule 2-13.2 and rule 2-13.25.
  • Persons who have been convicted of a felony will not be eligible to apply in Florida until the person's civil rights have been restored pursuant to rule 2-13.3
  • Persons who are serving a sentence of felony probation, regardless of adjudication of guilt, will not be eligible to file a Bar Application in Florida until termination of the period of probation pursuant to rule 2-13.4.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308
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What must be filed for the bar examination and when?

Pursuant to rule 4-40 through 4-47, each applicant desiring to take the General Bar Examination for the first time must submit to the board either the complete Bar Application or, in the case of law student registrants and repeat takers, the Re-Examination/Conversion Application, the appropriate applicant filing fee, a current 2” x 2” photograph, and proof that fingerprints have been taken by, or mailed to, IdentoGo by MorphoTrust USA.

Florida Bar Examination Filing Deadlines - Bar Application Section D (filed by first-time takers) and Re-Examination/Conversion Applications not filed timely will be accepted; however, the appropriate late filing fee must be submitted with the application. The following table shows the filing deadlines and late filing fees for each examination.


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
Received by
January 15
June 15

Initial applications received 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.

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What is the NCBE number and why must I provide it?

Your unique NCBE Number will be used for identification purposes when you take the Multistate Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and may be used as an identifier for other bar-admission-related purposes. You can go to www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number to either retrieve your NCBE number or request an NCBE Number.
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Can I use my laptop to take the bar examination?

  • Applicants are allowed to use their own laptop computers to type the essay portion of the General Bar Examination by selecting that option on their Bar Application or Bar Re-Examination/Conversion Application, paying the $125 laptop fee, then registering and qualifying their laptops through ILG Technologies prior to the specified deadline in advance of the examination.
  • The Florida Board of Bar Examiners uses a program called ILG Exam360® from ILG Technologies that enables candidates to securely take examinations downloaded to their own laptop computers by blocking access to files, programs, and the Internet during an examination.
  • System requirements for use of a laptop computer on the examination can be found on the ILG Exam360® website.
  • Applicants are required to access the Internet following the examination to upload their essay answers prior to the 10:00 p.m. deadline on Tuesday evening.
  • Mandatory Requirements for Laptop Users is included in the Examination Information Packet mailed with your Ticket of Admission providing instructions and deadlines for registering and qualifying your computer through ILG Technologies. This process must be completed each time you take the bar examination, regardless of any previous ILG Technologies registrations you may have completed for this bar examination or any other examination.
  • Date ranges for completing the installation, registration, and qualification process are:
Laptop Deadlines
Examination Date
Apply With The Board By
Register And Qualify With ILG Technologies
February
January 15
January 2 through February 1
July
June 15
June 1 through July 1
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What is permitted in the examination room?

Examinees are required to have an official photo badge, which is given to you at the examination site. Black pens, pencils, and scratch paper (when permitted) will be provided at your desk position. Only a jacket, money, keys, and a picture ID are authorized to be taken into the examination room. Laptop computers are permitted only if the examinee has registered and qualified through ILG Technologies prior to the examination.

Video surveillance and metal detectors are employed to support these restrictions. The following items are not permitted in the examination room:

  • Purses, book bags, or backpacks
  • Notes, books, paper, or any study materials
  • Food or liquids (including bottled water or soft drinks)
  • Cellular telephones or any wireless communication device
  • Wristwatches or other similar timekeeping devices and clocks of any type
  • Any other electronic devices
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If I bring a backpack, purse, cell phone, or other items to the examination site that are not permitted in the examination room, where can I store them?

To be admitted to the examination without delay, do not bring any prohibited items to the Convention Center including cellular telephones, pagers, etc. If you do bring prohibited items to the Convention Center, you must store the item in a designated area of the Tampa Convention Center and will not be able to retrieve the item until the end of the day. Additionally, to avoid delays we suggest that you also refrain from wearing jewelry, belts, and other items that may set off the metal detectors. Your best solution is to leave items not permitted in the examination room at home, in your hotel room safe, or locked in your car.
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Will I be permitted to leave the examination room during the examination to get water or use the restroom?

No, once you enter the examination room, you will not be permitted to leave until you complete that session of the examination and turn in your papers. Water fountains and restrooms are located inside the examination room to provide examinees easy access during the examination.
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What if I have a medical condition or other circumstance that requires me to have items not normally permitted in the examination room or to have special seating arrangements?

If you have a medical condition or other circumstance that is not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires you to have items at the examination site not normally permitted, such as diabetic supplies, lumbar support, or a lactation pump, or to have special seating arrangements such as a wheelchair accessible table, you should submit a Notice of Medical Alert or Condition Requiring Special Seating or Assistive Devices.

The document must be completed and submitted to the board's office 2 weeks in advance of the examination. If your request is approved, a letter will be provided giving you permission to bring the requested items or confirming your seating arrangements. A new notice is required for each administration of the examination that you attend.
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What if I am a nursing mother who needs to pump during the examination?

If you are a nursing mother who needs to have a lactation pump at the examination site and a location in which to pump, you should submit a Notice of Medical Alert or Condition Requiring Special Seating or Assistive Devices.

The document must be completed and submitted to the board's office 2 weeks in advance of the examination. If your request is approved, a letter will be provided giving you permission to bring the requested items. A new notice is required for each administration of the examination that you attend.
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How do I find information about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

All applicants for admission in Florida must submit to the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. The MPRE is typically administered in March, August, and November at various locations around the country; the dates are set at the discretion of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). You may take the MPRE in Florida or any other state and must request that the results be forwarded to Florida directly from the NCBE.

MPRE scores are acceptable under the following conditions:

  • Scaled score of 80 or better, or such scaled score as fixed by the Supreme Court (rule 4-33.2), and
  • Score is attained within 25 months of passing other parts of the Florida Bar Examination (rule 4-18.1)

The MPRE may be taken prior to graduation from law school. For information about examination dates, deadlines, examination sites, online registration for the MPRE and MPRE score transfer, visit the NCBE website.
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How do I find information about hotels in Tampa?

Refer to the map of hotels within 10 miles of the Tampa Convention Center that have requested to be listed on this site.

For availability, rate information and reservations, contact the hotels directly and indicate you are taking the Florida Bar Examination.

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What law school courses will help me pass the Florida Bar Examination?

Enroll in courses that will assist you in preparing for the examination. The bar examination covers subjects selected from the following: Florida Constitutional Law, Florida Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (Rules 2.051, 2.060, and 2.160), Federal Constitutional Law, Chapters 4&5 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Business Entities including Corporations & Partnerships, Wills & Administration of Estates, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, and Trusts. To the extent these courses are not required by your law school, consult this list when registering for elective credit hours.
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Does the board offer any study materials?

Study guides are published for the Florida-prepared portion (Part A), the Multistate Bar Examination (Part B) of the General Bar Examination, and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

The study guide for Part A includes essay questions from two previous administrations, sample answers to the essay questions, and sample multiple-choice questions. The Study Guide is available in PDF format at no cost on this website.

An MBE (Part B) Information Booklet is available on the NCBE website.

An MPRE Information Booklet is available at no cost on the NCBE website.

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What bar review courses are available?

The board does not maintain or disseminate any information regarding bar review courses.
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How are General Bar Examination grades released?

When the Supreme Court of Florida releases the General Bar Examination results, the Supreme Court posts the results on the Supreme Court’s website for 30 days.
  • To find your pass/fail results, you must know your applicant file number. This number is found at the top right corner of all board correspondence.
  • General Bar Examination results cannot be obtained by phone.
  • Individual scores are mailed to examinees the same day pass/fail results are posted on the Internet. This individual mailing of scores goes to your current mailing address listed with the board.
  • Neither the Florida Supreme Court nor the Bar Examiners publicly release how applicants rank on their exam scores compared to other applicants.
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Can I postpone from taking the General Bar Examination?

Yes. Pursuant to rule 4-45 and rule 4-46, you may postpone for any reason from any General Bar Examination for which you have been issued a ticket. To do so, you must complete and fax or mail the Notice of Postponement prior to the commencement of the administration of the bar examination. Your previously paid application fee will be applied to the next bar examination for which you apply; however, you will incur a postponement fee.

The fee to postpone from the General Bar Examination is determined by the date of receipt in the board’s office of your Notice of Postponement ($100 if received at least 7 days before the commencement of the administration of the examination, or $200 if received prior to but less than 7 days before the commencement of the administration of the examination). If written notification is not received prior to the commencement of the examination, or not provided at all, the fee to take a subsequent examination will be $450 pursuant to rule 4-47.

Note: If you applied to take both Part A and Part B, but have decided to take one part only, do not submit the Notice of Postponement (so that you retain a seat for the part you do take). Understand that you will be required to pay the $450 re-examination fee to apply to take any part of the examination at a future date.

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How do I create an online account with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners?

Follow the Instructions for Creating an FBBE Online Account for step-by-step instructions explaining the process necessary to create your account using Authy or Google Authenticator.
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What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication provides stronger security for your account by requiring a second step of verification when you sign in. In addition to your password, you will need a code generated by the app downloaded on your smart device.
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What Two Factor Authentication app should I use?

The board strongly recommends Authy as the preferred application for Two Factor Authentication due to their established security and backup features. However, other Two Factor Authentication apps, such as Google Authenticator, may be used as an alternative.
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What if I do not have a smart device?

Using a secure, personal computer (not a shared, public computer), download Authy for PCs from the Chrome Web Store (it is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux). You must use the Google Chrome browser to run this app on your personal computer. Click here for step-by-step instructions of the process necessary to create your account.
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What are scratch codes and why might I need them?

Once you have completed the registration process, it is highly recommended that you write down a series of scratch codes that will each allow you one-time access to your account in the event that all of your other methods of authentication are unavailable.
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Where do I find scratch codes for my profile?

You may access your scratch codes by logging into the Applicant Portal, clicking on “Profile” at the top of the home page, and then “Show Scratch Codes.” You must enter a token from your smart device and you will be given five, 8-digit scratch codes. It is highly recommended that you write down the scratch codes and keep them in a secure location to be referenced if necessary in the future.
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What if I get a new smart device?

If you need more information about your Two Factor Authentication app, such as updating your phone numbers, creating other backup options, or turning off two-step verification, visit the Authy or Google Authenticator website.
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What if I lose my smart device?

If you are unable access your smart device, you may use the scratch codes supplied on the profile page of the Applicant Portal.
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What if I need to change my profile name?

If you need to change your name as it appears on your online profile, go to your Profile page, then click on Edit. You must also submit an amendment to Items 1a, 1b, and 4 (if applicable) of your Bar Application when a name change occurs.
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Should I check the “Remember this device” option?

When you are prompted for your Two Factor Authentication code while logging in, you can select the option to “Remember this device.” Doing so will allow you to use those secure services using that browser for 30 days without having to enter a second method of authentication (token). After 30 days, the code will expire and you will need to generate a new code to log in to the Applicant Portal. You should only "Remember this device" on personally-owned devices or secure devices to which you alone have access.
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What if I do not have a smart device or a secure, personal computer?

You must notify the board in writing of your circumstances. Your notification must include your name, mailing address, and email address, along with a statement explaining that you cannot participate in the Two Factor Authentication process required for registration as you do not own a smart device or a secure, personal computer. Please allow five to ten business days for a response from the Board. Be sure to account for this extra time when considering filing deadlines.
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What if I need to change my email address?

If you need to update your email address, click on “Edit,” provide a new email username and click “Save” to confirm the change.
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