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In the spring of 2020, Professor H. Scott Fingerhut was appointed to serve as a subject matter expert to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners’ Practice Analysis Panel to conduct a comprehensive review of the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical for newly-licensed Florida lawyers and to assist the board in its assessment of the Florida bar exam and inform any recommendations the board may make to the Florida Supreme Court about the future format and content of the exam.

A year later, in summer 2021, the panel, having completed its review, helped the board to survey all Florida Bar members for their input on updating the examination.  More than 21,000 Bar members participated.

That result, published June 16, 2022, is the board’s Practice Analysis Study Report.

Read the FBBE Practice Analysis Study Report here.

The Florida Bar News features the report’s release here.

The next phase of the board’s work is to make specific recommendations about exam changes.

Professor Fingerhut is Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at FIU Law.  He teaches Trial Advocacy, Pretrial Practice, and Criminal Procedure.  He is dually appointed as a Fellow in The Honors College at FIU, where serves as pre-law advisor and teaches the upper-division seminar Observing Ourselves.  Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer rating, Professor Fingerhut practices criminal defense and represents applicants before the Board of Bar Examiners and lawyers facing Florida Bar discipline.  He is consistently ranked among Florida’s leading criminal defense attorneys, including Best Lawyers in America, and is a three-time FIU Law Professor of the Year.

Reach him at 305-348-8095 and

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