Florida Bar Admission
The Florida Supreme Court through its administrative arm, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, handles matters relating to admission of attorneys to the practice of law in this state. Two key parts of this process are character / fitness screening and the bar examination itself.
For information on admission requirements, rules, frequently asked questions, exam schedules, filing deadlines, supporting forms, necessary links, an exam application and other relevant data, please go to this link:
Florida Board of Bar Examiners Online
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners now requires all applicants to be fingerprinted electronically by Integrated Biometric Technology LLC (IBT). IBT has 32 locations across the State of Florida.
You must arrange to be fingerprinted prior to submitting your 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 you or notification directly from IBT) that your fingerprints have been taken or scanned. The fee to have your fingerprints processed by IBT is $59.25.
If you live in Florida, please go to Integrated Biometric Technology. Follow the instructions found there in order to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted and to pay the required fee.
If you live outside of Florida:
- Have a standard fingerprint card completed by an authorized law enforcement agency;
- Go to Integrated Biometric Technology;
- Click on “Florida”;
- Click on “Online Scheduling”;
- Click “Begin Registration”;
- Provide the requested information;
- Under Step 2, select “Florida Board of Bar Examiners” from the drop down menu;
- Under Step 3, click the “Pay for Ink Card Submission” button;
- Under Step 4, complete the Personal Information;
- Proceed through Step 6 and arrange to submit your payment to IBT by clicking on the “Continue to US Bank E-Pay” button;
- Mail your fingerprint card to the address displayed subsequent to arranging payment:
c/o Prints, Inc.
119 East Park Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
In either case, provide a copy of your receipt to the board with your application. All questions regarding fingerprint submissions should be directed to IBT at (800) 528-1358.
Information on Other State Bar Exams:
The National Conference of Bar Examiners’ website has links to each state’s Bar Admissions Offices, Admissions Procedures and Rules, Multistate Test Dates and Information, Character and Fitness, and Bar Exam Statistics.
The BARBRI website also contains specific information regarding the exam format, subjects tested, exam dates and filing fees and deadlines, grading results and reciprocity for every state.
On the right hand side of the page select the state of interest in the “View information For” Section. Once the BARBRI information appears for that state you may select “Exam Information” which is the third item across the top of the page. The specific information for that state appears. The BARBRI web address is currently on our web page but it appears under the heading and context of Bar Prep Courses but not where information regarding other states may be found.
Bar Exam Prep Course Information
A variety of Bar Exam Preparation and Review Courses are offered to law students and graduates studying for the bar exam. The Office of Student Affairs has prepared the following information about several programs more frequently used by UF Law graduates taking the Florida Bar Exam. This list is provided as a resource only and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. Students are urged to thoroughly check out all vendors before signing a contract. For additional information about preparing for the bar examination, please contact Dean Rachel Inman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 273.0620.
(Prepares taker for both the State specific Exam and Multi-State Bar Exam)
1. BARBRI Bar Review
Over the last 40 years, more than one million students have trusted BARBRI to help them pass the bar. BARBRI offers a complete program of lectures, workshops and written materials in all fifty states, as well as First Year and Upper Level Programs. Students can choose from in class, online or mobile lectures.
The BARBRI team of experienced, dynamic faculty spend hours analyzing past exams, providing students with lectures focusing on substantive law and strategies to make the bar exam material manageable. Our workshops include essay writing and more than 2,600 MBE-type questions including both actual released and practice questions, and BARBRI’s StudySmart® MBE software, all at no additional charge. Our materials such as the Multistate and State outline volumes and the highly regarded Conviser Mini Review focus on substantive law and provide examples to clarify complicated points. BARBRI’s exclusive Paced Program™ guides your studies, tracks your progress, puts you at peak performance on exam day, and helps you pass on your first try.
You can learn more about BARBRI’s First Year and Upper Level Review Programs, and the BARBRI Bar Review Course at the BARBRI website or 1-800-950-7277. Enroll early and save money. Taking the MPRE? Enroll in BARBRI’s Free MPRE course and find out why more than one million students have chosen BARBRI.
2. Kaplan PMBR Bar Review
Kaplan Bar Review provides full-service bar review programs in 25 states (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia) and Washington DC, making its courses available to more than 80% of the U.S. Bar-taking population.
Additionally, Kaplan PMBR Bar Review offers preparation for the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) in all 48 states that require it. Complete Bar Reviews combines 31 years of PMBR Multistate prep, and 70 years of Kaplan testing expertise. Complete Bar Review features a personalized study plan that provides online personalized feedback on your progress; outlines integrated with the course lectures; lectures-on-demand; an online MBE Qbank containing 1,800 test-like questions with detailed answer explanations; and Ask-an-Attorney support for questions about the outlines or practice materials.
3. Themis Bar Review
Founded by a group of bar review veterans, Themis is the first online company to offer a full bar review course developed using their revolutionary Integrated Learning System™. Themis’ nationally renowned professors provide engaging, exam specific video lectures broken down into 15-25 minute chapters, all followed by linked outlines and assessment questions to enhance cognitive recall and memory retention.
Full bar courses include thousands of practice MBE and essay questions with model answers; multiple workshops covering MBE and state-specific essay-writing skills; a dynamic calendar that automatically adjusts to your study schedule; milestone and simulated bar exams to assess your understanding at each stage; and a Personal Bar Exam Adviser that provides personalized feedback on essay assignments and offers practical solutions to common mistakes on the bar exam. Themis is the only major bar review company to publish pass rates in all its jurisdictions.
While in law school, Themis offers first year and upper-level outlines (including video lectures with assessment questions), an MPRE program, and ThemisPlus. All law school programs are 100% FREE with no deposits or obligations. For more information, contact Themis at 888-843-6476 or visit their website.
MBE (Multi-state Bar Exam Preparation Only)
Adaptibar is a MBE bar review program that offers a combination of licensed MBE questions and a unique online tool that analyses your performance and adapts to your strengths and weaknesses on the fly with automatic adjustment of the questions based on your performance, timing analysis, licensed questions, benchmarking your performance with that of your peers, and more.
2. Multistate Edge (MBE supplement)
Multistate Edge consists of over 2900 practice MBE questions via an innovative software program that adapts to the students’ strengths and weaknesses, helping focus study time in the area where it is most needed. Every question has been updated to reflect recent changes instituted by the NCBE. Every question includes comprehensive answer explanations, helping the student to learn along the way. It also includes comprehensive subject matter outlines available for download in PDF format. Purchase Multistate Edge and access the practice questions and outlines until you pass the bar exam. No questions asked.
Early study option available – start studying today at no additional charge! Even if you are sitting for the bar years from now.
3. The National Conference of Bar Examiners
The NCBE has released a third Online Practice Exam to prepare for the MBE. Each exam features 100 questions drawn from recent MBE’s. The cost is $50 each or $125. for all three exams including unlimited trials for one year and feedback on your answers including annotations and customized score reports.
Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
1. The National Conference of Bar Examiners
The NCBE has released an online Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) practice examination. Each online practice exam consists of 60 items (the same length as the actual MPRE) and a one-year subscription that allows unlimited use of the online product by the candidate is $24.00.
Bar Exam Info
Bar Exam Info is a free resource to assist U.S. law students and graduates applying to take the bar exam in any state. Bar Exam Info was created to provide you with the necessary information to quickly and easily navigate the bar exam application process. We have done the hard work of compiling all of the bar exam information for all U.S. jurisdictions and presenting it in an easy-to-use format. Good luck on your bar exam!
It’s been a few weeks since the Florida bar exam results were released. Many students received exciting news and are now practicing Florida lawyers. There are also those of you that may have received disappointing news and are now gearing up to study again. In order to succeed at retaking the bar exam, it’s important to understand what went wrong the first time. In this post, we are counting down the top four reasons students don’t pass the Florida bar exam.
4. Students underestimate the importance of ethics
Ethics is easy. It is obvious. Just don’t commingle funds and you’ll be fine!
These are all statements I hear from students telling their friends NOT to study for ethics when it comes to bar prep time. Yes, ethics is straightforward and there are many rules of law that are repeatedly tested throughout the years. So why not make yourself an outline of what is commonly tested in essays and then use that outline when practicing your essays?
Ethics is tested nearly every exam, but many students do not gain any of those points for two common reasons:
- They never get to ethics (run out of time on the essay)
- They are too succinct when it comes to ethics and not in the “good” way. That is, they don’t know enough rule of law and, therefore, do not write enough and do not spot enough issues.
So give yourself a boost when it comes to essay writing and incorporate ethics into your studying! Create an outline and use it every time you practice an essay. If you still find yourself not getting to ethics in the one-hour time frame, then start your essay with ethics and get it “out of the way” right at the beginning of the essay!
3. Students do not review answers and explanations for ALL questions
If I do 1,000 MBE questions I’ll be fine, right?
Well … no, especially if you are making the same mistakes over and over again and do not realize why! AND especially if you do not know the black letter law “cold” (see reason #1 below).
But I studied SO HARD … why did I not pass?
Because you need to study SMART and not necessarily HARD.
Doing 1,000 questions is not the same as doing half of that in addition to reviewing each question/answer methodically and carefully. Now, I am not saying you only need to do 500 questions to pass the bar exam – what I AM saying is that studying SMART means reviewing all of your answers. Reviewing your answers entails asking yourself some mental questions:
- What was the call of the question?
- Why was the wrong answer that I picked … well, wrong?
- Why was the right answer that I picked … right?
- Did I know the black letter law for this question?
Also, sometimes it is best to do one question and then review the answer immediately; sometimes it is best to do 10 questions at a time and then review, and so forth. It really depends on your learning needs and your progression throughout your studying. If you feel like you need a personal touch or mentor to figure out your MBE plan, check out Celebration Bar Review.
So remember to study smart and review ALL of your answers – even the ones you got RIGHT!
2. Students do not write essays. At all.
It is estimated that up to 1/3 of the bar takers sitting in that room with you have NOT written a practice essay!
Would you take a driver’s exam without practicing driving the car?
Of course not because you would want to get your driver’s license after just taking the driver’s exam once, correct? Well, why would anyone take the bar exam without practicing essay writing first?
The most common answers:
- I already know how to write an essay.
- I did it all through law school, what’s the difference?
- I just do not have the time! I am not ready and I don’t know the law yet.
So what is the solution?
- Write an essay before you start your day
- Create a calendar/schedule of essays
- Time yourself
- Use your outlines (open-note)
Still need some guidance? Look at some more tips on how to prepare yourself to write essays.
Even though ¼ of the bar exam is writing essays – it still does not “scare” some students straight into writing practice essays! Instead, the most common mistake I have seen is students only reading and reviewing previous model answers. Don’t make that same mistake and instead, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE as many essays as possible!
1. Students do not know the Black Letter Law COLD!
This is the NUMBER ONE mistake students make. They do not take the time to memorize the black letter law “cold.” Why not? Because there is just no time, right?!
But there is time!
During your last semester of law school, you can create flashcards or outlines for MBE and for Florida essay writing. Further, many law schools have bar courses that are either optional or required for the last semester of law school. Take advantage of these courses and start working on your flashcards or outlines slowly and methodically.
Don’t know what to memorize? Try this book – 100 Rules to Know for Passing the Bar Exam
Still need extra guidance? Try a personal approach with MBE expert, Jonathan Grossman.
Get your black letter law organized and memorized before you graduate if at all possible. As you are creating your flashcards/outlines, remember to be concise and precise, while maintaining the integrity of the rule of law. Putting it in your own words will also help you memorize.
Instead of automatically doing 1,000 questions without really thinking about it, handwrite the black letter law in a separate notebook. Doing 1,000 questions without taking the time to memorize the black letter law will not help.
Memorize and be confident! You can do this!
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