Board now accepting online applications and payments to sit for the bar exam

Law students and graduates planning to sit for the Texas Bar Examination can now file their applications and payments online thanks to the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to approve rules changes from the Texas Board of Law Examiners.

The board proposed doing away with the existing mailbox rule that required exam applicants to submit their declarations of intent and check payments through the mail. Since the Supreme Court’s decision, they can now do so online or via mail, although online will eventually be the only option.

Additional changes to the board’s rules include a new requirement that out-of-state lawyers seeking pro hac vice admission must apply and pay a $250 fee online (which goes to support access to justice programs). The one-page online form can be signed electronically and replaces a three-page application that had to be mailed and signed by hand. Applicants will receive electronic confirmation, reducing the amount of time they must wait before appearing in a Texas court for their clients.

“Online payments and applications will increase efficiency for our staff, eliminate rejection of incomplete applications and incorrect fee amounts, and improve convenience for applicants,” said the board’s Executive Director Susan Henricks in a press release.

For more information, go to http://www.ble.state.tx.us/. Note that all people taking the February 2016 bar exam must do so at only one location—the Palmer Events Center in Austin.

May 2011 New Lawyers Induction Ceremony

The May 2011 New Lawyers Induction Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 23, at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. The swearing-in ceremony will be for February 2011 examinees.

All information regarding the swearing-in ceremony is included with the results of those who passed the exam and are eligible to participate in the ceremony. Inductees should arrive early; doors open at 8:30 a.m.

The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. New attorneys will be sworn in en masse toward the end of the ceremony following guest speakers. After the conclusion of the ceremony, attorneys may go to the concourse for refreshments. Information tables will also be set up and staff will be available to answer questions or provide assistance regarding membership requirements and other information about the State Bar.

The Frank C. Erwin Center is located at 15th Street & I-35. Parking is available at 13th & San Jacinto between 12th & 13th Streets (2 hours free), 1815 Trinity & MLK ($10.00), and 15th & Red River ($10.00).

For more information on the induction ceremony, you may visit the Texas Board of Law Examiners FAQs Page.