The Board of Law Examiners is the judicial agency responsible for determining that applicants seeking to be licensed to practice law in Texas meet the qualifications set by the Supreme Court of Texas.

Important Announcements

  • 7/16/15 - July 2015 Examinees - Our goal is to efficiently administer a fair and uniform Bar Exam. Review the following information in effort to help us acheive this goal.
    • Do not bring your cell phone to the Bar Exam. Cell phones are prohibited in the exam room.

    • Do not bring a watch or timer of any kind to the exam room. Digital clocks will be clearly displayed and plainly visible from every seat at every site. These digital clocks will display the time of day—they will not display a countdown timer.

    • If you are found in possession of a cell phone, smart watch, or other prohibited electronic device in the secure area during a testing session, you will be immediately disqualified from the exam and required to leave the test room.

    • If you are using a laptop, bring an extension cord—your outlet will be up to 8 feet away.

    • Bring a black ink pen for all handwritten portions of the Bar Exam. Handwritten answers will be scanned, and the scanned images will be delivered to attorney graders. Black ink produces the clearest scan images. Blue ink does not scan as well, and pencil and erasable ink do not scan well at all.

    • Review the General Instructions and the Laptop Instructions for list of required, permitted, and prohibited items, and other information about the Bar Exam.

    • The Austin office will be closed the week of the Bar Exam. In the event of bad weather or other events during the week of the exam, you may monitor this webpage or call 512-463-2075 for updated Bar Exam information.

    • Don’t forget your Admission Ticket and photo ID.

    • We wish you the best of luck on the July 2015 Bar Exam.

  • 07/15/15 - All Board of Law Examiners personnel will be administering the bar exam the week of July 27 - July 31, 2015. The Austin office will be closed, and staff will not be available to assist with questions, or process forms for Declarants, Applicants, or persons seeking to submit Non-Resident Attorney Fees.

  • 06/29/15 - New Developments for the February 2016 Texas Bar Exam
    • The February 2016 Texas Bar Exam will be administered to all examinees at one site. After careful consideration of weather concerns, available facilities, examinee demographics, and the best use of resources, the Board has determined that, on the whole, applicants will be best served if the February Bar Exam is administered in one location. For February 2016, that one location will be the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas. (The Board plans to continue to administer July Bar Exams at six locations—Houston, DFW, Austin, San Antonio, Waco, and Lubbock) Edited 7/15/15.

    • The Board has negotiated room blocks at special rates for the February 2016 Bar Exam at several hotels. See Exam Sites ---- February for more information.

    • February 2016 laptop examinees can use their laptops for the short-answer Procedure and Evidence Questions. February 2016 laptop examinees can use their laptops for all written portions of the Bar Exam—the Multistate Practice Test (MPT), the civil and criminal Procedure and Evidence Questions (P&E), and the Texas Essays. The Board is able to expand the laptop program to P&E without increasing the ExamSoft fee paid by examinees, which will reamain at $117. In addition, the Board has reduced the laptop application fee from $50 down to $25.

  • 06/15/15 - Board Meeting Minutes from our most recent Board Meeting (and previous meetings) can be viewed on the Board Meeting Minutes page.

  • 06/11/15 - Non-Resident Attorney (Pro Hac Vice) Fees can now be submitted online.

    As of June 11, 2015, the Board is pleased to announce that non-resident attorneys who are seeking permission to participate in a Texas proceeding can now submit the required fee online using a credit card or electronic check. The Non-Resident Attorney Fee Submission Form, which now must be completed on-line, has been streamlined, and notarization is no longer required. Acknowledgment Letters can be delivered by e-mail, fax, or regular mail. If a fee is submitted online, an Acknowledgment letter will be sent out by the end of the next business day. This is the first step toward the Board’s goal of offering electronic payment options for all fees handled by the Board. Beginning August 1, 2015, all Non-Resident Attorney fees must be submitted online. For more information, see Non-Resident Attorney Fee (Pro Hac Vice) Edited 7/15/15.

  • 06/04/15 - Selected answers from the February 2015 Texas Bar Exam are now available on the Examination Information page (Selected Answers tab).

  • 05/27/15 - General Instructions for the July 2015 Texas Bar Exam have been posted. Please note that examinees cannot bring watches or timers of any kind into the exam room. Clocks will be plainly displayed and easily visible from all seats at all testing sites.

  • Laptop Exam Information has also been updated with sample instructions and a list of required, permitted, and prohibited items for laptop examinees. Please note that all laptop examinees must bring a power cord that is at least 8-feet long, or must bring an extension cord so their laptop can be powered from an outlet that is 8 feet away.

  • 05/12/15 - Congratulations to Matthew Prosen, February 2015 Texas Bar Exam Top Scorer.

  • 05/11/15 - 1L Law Students In Texas Law Schools should be sure to review the all information contained in the Declaration of Intention link (left side menu), including the Information Presented to First Year Law Students During 1L Orientation.

  • 05/04/15 - If you were unsuccessful on the February 2015 exam, and are attempting to file a Re-Application for the July 2015 exam by the May 30th deadline, we highly advise using our eFast system to complete your Re-Application. Please note, you must create a new user name and password to complete a July 2015 Re-Application.

  • 04/30/15 - February 2015 Pass List.

  • 04/30/15 - February 2015 exam statistics are available on the Examination Information page.

  • 03/20/15 - February 2015 Examinees - Please review important basic information regarding grade release here.

  • 03/11/15 - July 2015 exam sites have been posted to our Examination Information page (Current Exam tab). 2012, 2013, and 2014 rulebook PDF's have also been added to the Rulebook (Prior) page.

  • 03/06/15 - February 2015 exam questions have been posted to our Examination Information page (Past Exams tab).