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Florida Bar Exam: The Application

This guide is designed to provide resources to prepare for the Florida Bar Exam.

Character & Fitness Resources

Criminal/Civil Records Search:  

AlachuaLeonOrangeBroward; Miami-Dade; Hillsborough;  SeminoleVolusia; DuvalPalm Beach

Statewide Criminal Background Check

To get this information you must go through Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in Tallahassee. Their phone number is  (850)-410-8109.

*This is not an exhaustive list of all of the counties in Florida.


Florida 4-Year State Universities 

Seminole (FSU), Gator (UF), Panther (FIU), Knight (UCF), Bull (USF), Owl (FAU), Eagle (FGCU), Osprey (UWF), Argonaut (UNF), New College of Florida (No Mascot)

Florida Private Colleges

Tars (Rollins), Buccaneers (Barry), Lions (Flagler), Spartans (Tampa), Tritons (Eckerd), Hatters (Stetson)

*Only the most common private colleges are listed. 

Your Bar Application

Click the appropriate links below for your type of application:

First and Second Year Students

3Ls: "Converting your "bar ap" 

The Florida Bar does an extensive background check of all applicants. They examine your criminal history, financial history, and educational history. This page provides you with resources available to obtain that information. Please note a lot of the information on this page is directed toward Florida residents. If you are an out of state student, find the equivalent office in your home state. 

Application Filing Deadlines & Late Fees

You must follow these deadlines when submitting your initial application and your conversion application:






Postmarked on or before

November 15

May 1


Postmarked on or before

December 15

June 1


Postmarked on or before

January 15

June 15

Proof of Income

Social Security Statement 



Social Security Office - Orlando

5520 Gaitlin Avenue

Orlando, FL 32812


Credit History

Annual Credit Report (Free Federal Report)

Understanding Your Credit (Government Resource)

Credit Karma (Private Resource)