On behalf of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, welcome!
Whether you are a seasoned practitioner relocating to Palm Beach County or a recent survivor of the Florida Bar Exam, we are sure you will find practicing in our area enjoyable and rewarding. To facilitate a smooth transition into practice in Palm Beach County and the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, here is some helpful information on our community, resources, and some things to do:
Some things to do
Find a job (if you haven’t already). We know the job market for new attorneys can be tough. Fortunately, the Florida Bar Career Center provides job listings throughout the state. Additionally, the Palm Beach County Bar Association includes job listings in the monthly bulletin. Also, checkout the Bar’s Diversity Placement Database where you can sign up if you are looking for a job and look to see who’s hiring.
Attend the New Attorney Breakfast! The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee presents the New Attorney Breakfast annually in November. The New Attorney Breakfast is an opportunity for new attorneys to network, be introduced to the local practice and customs, and hear from our judges about the “do’s and don’ts” of practice in the various divisions of the court.
Consider joining and becoming involved in your local bar association! Membership in the Palm Beach County Bar Association will provide a vital link between you and the area legal community. Get involved today!
Get ahead on your continuing legal education and basic skills course requirements! Members of the Florida Bar have continuing legal education (or CLE) requirements. Additionally, new attorneys are required to complete a basic skills course requirement (or BSCR). CLE and BSCR requirements are posted on the Florida Bar New Attorney webpage.
Review the local rules, administrative orders, and divisional instructions of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Local rules are rules of practice and procedure specific to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Administrative orders are directives concerning court affairs which are issued by the Chief Judge. Prepare yourself for practice in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and Palm Beach County by spending a few minutes reviewing the local rules, administrative orders, and divisional instructions on the court’s website. Direct particular attention to Series 2 of the administrative orders, which apply in every division. Watch a video presentation here called “Local Rules, Administrative Orders, Divisional Instructions…Help!! What Do They All Mean?” This is a large file and could take about 10-15 minutes to download.
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- Palm Beach County is the largest county in the state of Florida and offers many resident services.
Below are some helpful websites for practicing law in Palm Beach County.
- Federal District Courts of Florida
- Southern District of Florida
- Middle District of Florida
- Northern District of Florida
- Florida Courts
- Florida State Courts
- Florida Supreme Court
- Fourth District Court of Appeals
- Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (court’s webpage)
- Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Orders and Local Rules
- Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Clerk & Comptroller
- Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court Divisions
- 2013 Judicial Rotation
- Rules & Statutes