Board Certification for Lawyers: What Does It Mean?

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1 Florida Bar Board Certification 651 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300 FloridaBar.org/certification Florida Board Certified Lawyers are - Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise Board Certification for Lawyers: What Does It Mean? - 5842 or visit FloridaBar.org/certification For more information call (850) 561 Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise in various skills and proficiency special knowledge, Board certification recognizes attorneys’ areas in practice. professionalism and ethics of law and helps consumers identify Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification in various areas of law. specialists Bar members are allowed to identify themselves as or to “Board Certified,” Board certified Florida use for Board Certified Specialist on business cards or letterhead, in legal “B.C.S.” the letters highest level of evaluation of the directories or in advertising. Certification is The Florida Bar’s competency and experience of attorneys in the 27 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. are Board certified lawyers Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise. Florida Bar members, approximately 00 lawyers, are board certified. 0 , 5 7 percent of eligible who meets the standards A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and by the state's Supreme prescribed more of the Court may become board certified in one or 2 7 certification fields. E ach area of certification may contain higher or additional standards. "The number of applications for certification Minimum Requirements for Certification and re-certification remain steady. I believe this is a recognition of the value of Board Certification by lawyers  Practice law for a minimum of five years. and the public alike as the best objective source of identifying lawyers who have special skills and knowledge Demonstrate substantial involvement in the field of law  in their practice areas, and who are ethical and for which certification is sought. professional. Pass satisfactory peer review of competence in the  A lawyer who merely claims expertise in an specialty field as well as character, ethics and advertisement has not subjected herself to peer review, an professionalism in the practice of law. exam, or an evaluation of ethics and professionalism.  Satisfy the certification area’s continuing legal education There are now more than 5,000 Board Certified lawyers in requirements. The Florida Bar, and the Certification Program is the Receive a passing grade on the examination required of  largest in the country." all applicants or meet strict criteria to exempt the exam. & Education 201 7 -201 8 Board of Legal Specialization Chair , S teve Rubin Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice continuing legal education courses. law and attend Florida Bar-approved To be recertified, lawyers must meet requirements similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

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