Deadline for Stetson to Pay Your 1L FL Bar Application Registration Fee is January 10

The deadline for 1Ls to qualify for the Stetson-paid Florida bar application registration fee is quickly approaching! You must have your complete packet of required items in to the Business Office in Gulfport by January 10, 2018.

As a reminder – the Florida Board of Bar Examiners recently implemented online application submissions, which may require a change on your part.  The office of Bar Preparation Services recommends that all 1Ls register as a “First Year Student” (not as a Certified Legal Intern).

If you finalized and printed your application before December 19, 2017, but have not yet submitted itFollow the instructions under Step 3-Paragraph 11 on the checklist.  Those applications will still print with the old/former Section C instructions, which requires a handwriting sample with signature and notarization.  Submit your full and complete registration package, along with all attachments, to the Business Office before the deadline of January 10, 2017 to qualify for the Stetson-paid application fee.

If you created your account after June 26, 2017 and finalized your application before December 19, 2017: Follow the instructions under Step 3-Paragraph 12 on the checklist.  The system will accept your application electronically and will generate a Cover Sheet for Bar Application Submission.  (Remember to print a paper copy of your application for your own records only, but do not send a paper copy to the Board). You will still have forms to submit manually, including but not limited to the Cover Sheet for Bar Application Submission, 3 notarized Authorization and Release forms, proof of transcript request(s), proof of citizenship, and the confirmation sheet for the fingerprint card submission. All the necessary documents are outlined in Step 4-Packing list to Submit a Complete Registrant Bar Application on the Checklist to Register as a First Year Student.  Those items should still be printed and submitted to the Business Office before the deadline of January 10, 2017 to qualify for the Stetson-paid application fee. 

The easiest way to determine whether your application needs to be submitted in hard copy is whether the Section C includes the handwriting sample and notary block.  If it does, it needs to be submitted by mail, along with all attachments. If it does not include the handwriting sample and notary block, you will have submitted an electronic application and the cover sheet is what is applicable, along with all attachments.

If you have specific questions about this new filing procedure, please contact the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.