Admission to Practice

Please review this information as our admission process has changed.

Pursuant to Local Rule 1 of the Southern District of Florida Special Rules Governing the Admission and Practice of Attorneys, an attorney is qualified for admission to the bar of this District if the attorney is (1) currently a member in good standing of The Florida Bar; and pay the admission fee of $201.00. [As of February 27, 2012, the Judges of this Court have decided to eliminate the requirement that an attorney take our examination in order to be admitted as a member of this Court’s Bar -See Administrative Order 2012-14.

For information about the requirements for attorney appearances in the Bankruptcy Court, please contact the Bankruptcy Court at (305) 714-1800, or visit their website www.flsb.uscourts.gov, Court Information, Attorney Admissions.

Payment

The fee for admission to the Southern District of Florida Bar is:  $201.00.  Your payment must be processed in order to complete the online application for admission.  Payment of the admission fee may be made by credit card via the internet, mailing in a check, or paying cash at any of our three locations.  Please note the admission fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

If you have previously paid the registration fee, click here.

If have not previously paid the registration fee, click the link below to begin the admission process.  You will be prompted to enter your last name and Florida Bar Number.  This is your “log-in” to the registration system. The system will automatically verify that you are a member in good standing of The Florida Bar. Upon completion of this step, you will be prompted to pay the $201.00 admission fee.

If payment is made by credit card, you can begin the online application process immediately.  If payment is made by check, you will receive a payment confirmation email once your payment has been processed.  Upon receipt of this email, you can then return to our website, log-in and proceed to complete the online application for admission to the Southern District of Florida Bar.

Application Process

Contact Information

During the application process, you will be prompted to enter your contact information. Please ensure this information is accurate as this will serve as your contact information with the Clerk of Court (pursuant to Local Rule 11.1(g)), and this information will also serve as the mailing address for your Certificate of Admission.

Oath of Attorney

Upon completion of the online application, you will be prompted to electronically sign an Oath of Attorney.  You are not admitted as a member of this Court’s Bar until the Order of Admission is signed by the Duty Judge.  This process takes approximately three weeks. The Order of Admission is transmitted to the respective Duty Judge on the 1st and 16th day of the month (or the next business day if these days fall on the weekend or a federal holiday).  These dates are approximate dates and are subject to change. Once the Order of Admission is signed by the Duty Judge, an email will be sent to you with your admission date.   This District does not currently hold swearing-in ceremonies for newly admitted attorneys.   Your formal Certificate of Admission will be mailed shortly thereafter.

Click here to start the admission process.