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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

  • 02/17/16 - February 2016 Examinees: Our goal is to efficiently administer a fair and uniform Bar Exam. Review the following information in an effort to help us achieve 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 into the exam room. Digital countdown timers/or clocks will be clearly displayed and plainly visible from every seat.
    • 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 on Day 1 and Day 3, for 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. (Bring a pencil on Day 2 for the multiple-choice portion of the exam.)
    • Review the General Instructions and the Laptop Instructions for list of required, permitted, and prohibited items, and other information about 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 Bar Exam.

  • 02/09/16 - February 2016 Examinees: Please review this Important Exam Day Information.

  • 02/02/16 - February 2016 Examinees: We have begun uploading admission tickets to eFast accounts. A notification e-mail will be sent to you at the address we have on file once your admission ticket has been uploaded. You must bring your hardcopy admission ticket with you to gain entry into the exam each day.

  • 12/15/15 - February 2016 Examinees: General Instructions for the February 2016 Bar Exam have been posted.

    New for this exam:

    • Procedure & Evidence Questions will be presented in a new format. A sample of the new P&E format is available here: Sample New Format P&E Question Booklet --- Sample New Format P&E Answer Booklet
    • Laptop examinees can use their laptops for the Procedure and Evidence Questions.
    • Laptop examinees will be able to upload their answer files at the exam site. We will no longer require laptop examinees to perform a mandatory USB back up.
    • We will provide foam ear plugs. Examinees cannot bring their own.
    • Prescription medicine, in its original labeled container, is now Permitted. No additional permission or arrangements are required.
    • Fitness trackers are Prohibited.
    • On Wednesday, when we administer the MBE, bring plenty of No. 2 pencils—please do not bring pens, highlighters, or pencil sharpeners.
    • All examinees must turn in all exam materials at the end of each testing session—including Essay question books and P&E Question books.

    Admission Tickets will be delivered electronically to examinees’ eFast accounts beginning February 1, 2016.

    Remember to keep your e-mail address, mailing address, and other contact information updated.

  • 11/24/15 - We will begin accepting applications for the July 2016 exam on November 30, 2015. The July exam will be administered in 6 locations across Texas. These exam locations have been posted to our Examination Information page.These exam locations are now availabe for selection eFast system.

  • 09/17/15 - February 2016 Bar Exam Reminders:

    • Late applications will be accepted until October 30, 2015, with a $150 late fee.
    • Applicants must create an eFast account, and must use eFast to complete their applications.
    • The exam will be administered at one location only: Palmer Events Center, Austin, Texas.
    • Laptop examinees may use their laptops on the Procedure and Evidence Questions, which is comprised of 40 short-answer questions. Responses to each short-answer question will be limited to 460 characters. A character includes a letter, space, punctuation, or symbol.
    • Don’t forget to keep your mailing address and e-mail address updated.

  • 08/21/15 Reminder: The deadline to timely-apply for the February 2016 Texas Bar Exam is Sunday, August 30, 2015. To be considered timely filed, an application must becompleted via our eFast system, and the hard copy of that completed application must be postmarked or received in our office on or before August 30, 2015. Late-filed applications are subject to a $150 late fee.

  • 08/11/15 - We remain committed to improving our procedures to best serve those seeking to join the Bar of Texas. In an effort to accomplish this goal, the following documents must now be submitted using the eFast system:

    • Declarations of Intent to Study Law
    • In-State Student Applications
    • General Applications
    • Re-Applications

    This will enable us to communicate with our applicants more quickly, and to review our applications more efficiently.

  • 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 remain 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.