Florida Bar Application
To seek admission to The Florida Bar, a person must meet certain deadlines and qualifications. Below you will find a summary of the eligibility requirements.
Educational Requirements. All applicants seeking admission to The Florida Bar must have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school or be found educationally qualified by the board under the alternative method of educational qualification as set forth in the rules at the time the applicant chooses to sit for The Florida Bar.
Competence Requirements. To practice law in Florida you must past the Florida bar exam and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Applicants must complete the requirements for law school graduation prior to sitting for the General Bar Examination. Scores achieved by applicants on the MBE administered by any other admitting jurisdiction are not accepted. The Florida Bar Exam is comprised of two parts, the Florida portion and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). Applicants must earn a scaled score of 136 on both parts or an overall average scaled of 136 to pass the exam. Applicants may sit for the MPRE prior to graduation from law school. There is no residence requirement for admission to The Florida Bar.
Proof of Character and Fitness. All applicants shall produce satisfactory evidence of good moral character, an adequate knowledge of the standards and ideals of the profession, and proof that the applicant is otherwise fit to take the oath and perform the obligations and responsibilities of an attorney. The background investigation cannot be initiated without the completed Bar Application, Authorization and Release Form and appropriate fee. Persons beginning law school are encouraged to apply by the deadlines set forth in rule 2-23.1. Third-year law students including those who previously registered and those who did not file an early registration, are encouraged to file the applicable Bar Application forms at the beginning of their last year of law school.
For further information relating to admission requirements refer to the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to The Bar (Rules).
The Florida Bar Application. We recommend that students complete their application for The Florida Bar as a first year law student. To begin your application go to http://www.floridabarexam.org/. Here you will find the due date and filing fee for submitting your application. Other important information to consider includes:
- Students who submit an application to the Florida Bar in their first year must update their Florida Bar application if any changes exist before the student sits for the Bar Exam. Students may go to the Florida Bar Exam link above and amend their application.
- The Documents needed to complete an application to the Florida Bar includes: credit report (get a free annual credit report at https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp), driving record (go to FL Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety at http://www.flhsmv.gov/ or to the Department of Motor Vehicles official site of the state where you have lived), earnings report (from the Office of Social Security go to http://www.ssa.gov/ ) and birth certificate (if born in the state of Florida go to the Florida office of vital records/statistics for others go the office of vital records/statics in the state in which you were born).
- Students may obtain electronic fingerprinting by going to www.l1enrollment.com or calling 800-528-1358 to schedule an appointment at one of two local locations - (1) St. Pete - Going Postal, 1700 66th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710; or (2) Tampa - UPS Store, 503 E. Jackson St., Tampa, FL 33602. Students must make an appointment. No walk-ins are accepted. Fingerprints will expire after one year so make sure you file your bar application within one year of submitting your fingerprints.
- When completing your application for the Florida Bar it is important you complete the application with candor. Any inconsistencies or discrepancies with your application may hold up the application process or prevent acceptance to the Florida Bar.
- The Florida Bar strongly recommends students obtain and review a copy of their law school application before filing their bar application to ensure no discrepancies exist. If a student finds a discrepancy may exist between their law school application and their Florida Bar application the student should amend the law school application.
Converting your Student Registration Florida Bar Application. If you registered for the Florida Bar as a student you must convert your Student Registration Application to a General Bar Application. We suggest you convert your application at the beginning of your last year of law school. To convert your application please go to http://www.floridabarexam.org/ and click on the Checklist, Forms, Study Guide and Information link. On that page you will find a link entitled "Convert a student registration or CLI Registration to Pursue Admission to the Florida Bar."