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

  • 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 accross Texas. These exam locations have been posted to our Examination Information page.These exam locations are now availabe for selection eFast system.

  • 09/25/15 - July 2015 Examinees - Please review important basic information regarding grade release here.

  • 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.

  • 08/11/15 - The July 2015 Texas Bar Exam Questions are now available on our Examination Information page (Past Exams tab).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 05/11/15 - 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.