Declaration of Intention to Study Law
The Declaration of Intent to Study Law form is to be filed by all persons who have begun their law study at ABA-approved schools in Texas to pursue a Juris Doctorate degree and who intend to apply for licensure in Texas. Do not file this form until you have actually started law school. Do not submit a Declaration of Intent if you are not (or will not be) applying as a non-attorney graduate of an ABA-approved law school in Texas.
Individuals beginning an LLM program at an ABA-approved law school in Texas are not required to file a Declaration of Intent to Study Law.
First-semester law students ("entrants") must file their Declarations according to the deadlines set out in Rule VI(b). Failure to do so will result in a late fee as set out in Rule XVIII. Late filing Declarants may file at any time prior to or concurrent with the filing of their In-State Application.
To meet a "postmark deadline," the Rule I(c) requirement is to have your
properly completed and addressed application (or reapplication or
The Board of Law Examiners is pleased to provide eFast Direct (Electronic Forms Application Systems Tool). It will be helpful for you to read the eFast Direct Declaration FAQ's, the eFast Instructions and the Declaration Instructions. These instructions will assist and guide you as you complete your Declaration. After you have read the eFast Instructions and the Declaration Instructions, go to the eFast Direct Dec link and began by selecting Create Account. Your password is case sensitive and requires a minimum of six (6) letters plus one (1) special character. Make a note of your password and the answer to your security question. If you forget both your password and the answer to your security question, we will not be able to retrieve your account and you will be required to start the process over. We hope that completing your Declaration through eFast Direct Dec will be easy and quick! Please contact your Licensure Analyst at the Board’s office if you have any questions during the process.
In the event that your specific question is not listed below, you may contact our office. When in doubt, complete the Declaration to the best of your ability, and outline your concerns on a Continuation Form. Read the general instructions carefully prior to completing your Declaration. The answers to many general questions are contained therein. When asked to provide specific information, provide the information requested.
When asked to sign before a notary public, make sure that you have done so, and that the notary has signed everywhere he/she was supposed to. If you are a notary public, you are not permitted to notarize your own Declaration.
Documentation that must be obtained from third parties is given a thirty day grace period. This does not include Continuation Forms, references, Civil Litigation Forms, or Criminal History Forms. Refer to your general instructions and to question 21.
Question 1. Include maiden name, if applicable. There is no need to include nicknames. Any alias that might appear on an official document should be listed here.
Question 2.a. Write n/a if not applicable. At least one should be applicable. For purposes of providing a legible, signed copy of one's application to law school, an electronic signature will suffice.
Question 3.b. Based on the phrase "any form of probation", dismissal or probation for strictly academic reasons does warrant a 'yes' response. Declarants are not required to provide copies of transcripts unless specifically requested to do so by their analyst.
Question 5a. How do I respond on the employment history section of Board forms if:
Question 5b. Include all information requested.
Question 6. Make sure you attach a Continuation Form with the details requested. The DD214 must indicate character of service (honorable, general, etc.).
Question 7. For proof that you are in compliance of Rule II(a)(5), please provide the documentation requested in your Declaration of Intent to Study Law. For information about obtaining a certified copy of your birth certificate (U.S.-born Declarants only), it is recommended that you locate the official website of the state of your birth. For Texas-born residents, that site is www.state.tx.us . Most (but not all) other states have similar addresses. For American citizens born abroad, visit travel.state.gov for more information.
Question 9.a-f. Remember to attach Continuation/Criminal History/Civil Litigation Forms as necessary. Attach separate forms for each item. You must reveal all criminal history (except as noted in your Declaration) even if you have been told that you do not need to. See also the Board's Character and Fitness page.
Question 11.a-b. Read the paragraph before answering the question. If necessary, consult your health care professional. Provide the information requested.
Question 14.a-b. If there is any doubt about your present credit situation, obtain a current credit report. If you later learn the credit report indicates information that contradicts information provided by you with your Declaration, you must notify the Board immediately in writing, and also provide a current copy of your credit report.
Question 15.a-c. Include Continuation Forms as applicable. Include specific tax years, balances owed, pay history, contact information of applicable creditors, and your present intentions regarding any outstanding balances.
Question 16.a-b. Do not include law schools to which you have applied. Do include any state agencies similar to the Texas Board of Law Examiners with which you have previously filed documentation.
If your specific question was not adequately answered above, you may call the Analyst who will process your Declaration. Refer to the chart below for specific names and direct telephone numbers.
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