Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered a young lawyer of The Florida Bar?

All Florida Bar members in good standing under the age of 36 and all members in good standing who have not been admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction for more than 5 years is a member of the Young Lawyers Division (Rule 1.9.1 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar).

What is the Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR)?

The BSCR was established to help ensure that all attorneys begin their legal careers with a thorough and practical understanding of the law.  All members of the YLD must complete the Basic Skills Course Requirement Phase I, Practicing with Professionalism; and Phase II is basic level Young Lawyers Division (YLD) courses. The BSCR phase I and II are a one-time only requirement.

What courses count toward completion of the BSCR?

There two phases to the BSCR (Rule 6-12.3).  They are:

Phase I: Completion of Practicing with Professionalism (PWP) within the first year of admission to The Florida Bar.

Phase II: Completion of 3 basic level programs (21 hours of basic level programming) within the first three years of admission to The Florida Bar. All basic level course will begin with the term “Basic” in its title (i.e. Basic Criminal Law, Basic Trial Practice, Basic Real Property, etc.).

Can the BSCR be completed by taking courses online or by downloadable podcast?

YES! Members may complete the BSCR by attending live seminars or by completing online or downloadable podcast versions of PWP and Basic programs.

Can members complete the BSCR by watching a DVD or listening to a CD?

NO. Because Rule 6-12 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar requires the board of legal specialization and education (BLSE) to monitor compliance of the basic skills course requirement, only attendance at a live program or completion of the online/downloadable podcast versions of these courses count toward completion of the BSCR.

Are ALL newly admitted members to The Florida Bar considered members of the Young Lawyers Division?

No.  Not all newly admitted members to The Florida Bar are considered members of the YLD.  Newly admitted members 36 years and over AND who have been admitted to the practice of law for more than 5 years in another state are NOT considered members of the YLD.

Do newly admitted members 36 years old or older who have been practicing in another state for more than 5 years required to complete the BSCR?

ALL newly admitted members to The Florida Bar, regardless of age and/or years of practice in other states, must complete Practicing with Professionalism within their first year of admission.  However, lawyers 36 and older, who have been practicing for more than 5 years in another state ARE NOT required to complete Phase II of the BSCR.  These members are, however, required to submit a BSCR Exemption Form attesting to their years of practice in another state.  The BSCR Exemption Form can be found on the CLE Page of The Florida Bar Website or by clicking here.

Where can I register for live offerings of PWP and Basic Courses?

All live offerings of Practicing with Professionalism (PWP) or Basic level courses can be found on the CLE Events/Meetings page of The Florida Bar website or by clicking here.  All courses are listed in date order.  Remember, a Basic level course will begin with the term “Basic” in its title.

Where can I find the online/downloadable versions of PWP and Basic Courses?

All online/downloadable courses can be found on the 24/7 On Demand Catalog of Courses at https://tfb.inreachce.com. Practicing with Professionalism can be found under the subject area entitled “PWP”.  Basic level courses are under the subject area entitled “Basic Courses”. Phase II of the BSCR may be satisfied by completing 3 seven-hour basic level programs or 21 one-hour basic level segments, or any combination of the two, as long as the member completes 21 hours of basic level programming. All live Basic courses are a full-day, seven-hour program. Please note: Online courses are not posted automatically; a Member must post their credits to their member profiles, using the course reference number.

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