New Lawyer Oath and Fees
Note: The Supreme Court of Texas issued an order (Misc. Docket No. 20-9083) cancelling the July 2020 in-person Texas Bar Exam due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. In the order, the Court directed the Texas Board of Law Examiners to schedule an exam for September 9-10, 2020, subject to guidance by public health authorities. The Court also directed the Board to administer an online examination for October 5-6, 2020. Please visit the Texas Board of Law Examiner’s website at ble.texas.gov for additional information. For information regarding Supervised Practice Cards, please visit texasbar.com/spc.
Congratulations on becoming a new member of the State Bar of Texas. Every lawyer, approved for admittance to practice law in Texas, is required to register with the State Bar of Texas.
Once Texas bar exam scores are released by the Board of Law Examiners, it may take 2-3 business days before online registration is available while data is received and imported into the State Bar’s database.
After you pay your membership and license fees, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. The email will include instructions to order your pre-paid wall certificate and optional frame to display your achievement. Please monitor your inbox and spam folder for this email. Adding the email address to your address book will help ensure receipt. Your license will be mailed within 6-8 weeks.
When you receive your new license, it is required that you take the oath. After the oath is taken, attach the oath to the reverse side of your license.
Any person who is authorized to administer oaths — including a judge, retired judge, clerk, or notary—may swear you in, either before or after you receive your license in the mail. A person authorized to administer the oath may administer it to you remotely, such as by videoconferencing or teleconferencing, and may attest to the oath electronically by sending you an electronic or scanned image of his or her signature on the oath form. The person administering the oath must also comply with any other applicable requirements; for example, a notary must comply with the requirements for online notarization. (See Tex. Gov’t Code §406.101 et seq.)
Membership Licensing Fee Schedule
Download this schedule for your State Bar of Texas member dues and legal service fees.
Websites with Additional Information
Texas Board of Law Examiners
The Texas Board of Law Examiners will deliver important information about the licensing process, the swearing-in ceremony, and the Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas to each eligible applicant’s ATLAS account. Visit the FAQs (Grade Release, Swearing-In, and Licensing) section, for details.
Supreme Court of Texas
The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court. Visit the website for comprehensive information on the court and its members.