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.