New Lawyer Oath and Fees

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.

Note: The New Lawyer Induction Ceremony scheduled for May 11, 2020, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to learn more.

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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

After you pay your membership and license fees, you will receive an email from noreply-scliceses@txcourts.gov. 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.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Bar of Texas will not hold a swearing-in ceremony for those who passed the February 2020 bar exam.

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.)

You may download a copy of the oath here: oath or alternative oath. For more information, please see the Board of Law Examiners' FAQs.

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.

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