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Five Things to Know About Eleventh Circuit Bar Admission

By Robyn Hagan Cain on September 30, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Here at FindLaw, we understand the pressures of being a legal professional - most of us are recovering lawyers - so we want to help by tossing you that preferred life preserver of the legal profession, the short list.

Now that hurricane season is almost over, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals seems like a much more appealing circuit for appellate practitioners. Interested? Here are five things you need to know about Eleventh Circuit bar admission.

  1. You must be a member. Attorneys must be admitted to the circuit's bar prior to practicing before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  2. But, there are a few exceptions. An attorney appearing on behalf of the United States, a federal public defender, an attorney appointed by a federal court under the Criminal Justice Act, or an attorney appointed to represent a party in forma pauperis can be admitted for the particular proceeding in which they are appearing without the necessity of formal application or payment of the admission fee.
  3. Pay to play. There is a non-refundable, $170 admission fee, payable to Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
  4. Apply yourself. To request bar admission to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, an attorney must complete an application form, available on the circuit's website, and submit the form to the clerk's principal office in Atlanta. The application form must be accompanied by a certificate of good standing issued within the previous six months, and the aforementioned fee.
  5. Renew yourself. Each attorney admitted to the Eleventh Circuit bar must pay a $10 bar membership renewal fee every five years.

To learn more about the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, or to read about opinions issued by the court, check out FindLaw's Eleventh Circuit blog.

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