Resources for New Lawyers

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State Bar Computer and Technology Section
Join this practice section to network and share ideas about technology.

Tech Resources
Find information to grow your practice. 

Texas Bar Journal Online

Legal Information Institute
A non-profit, public service of Cornell Law School that provides no-cost access to current American and international legal research sources online.

Howard Nations' Legal Links
Houston attorney Howard Nations has been compiling this links collection for years.

ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Law Practice Management

State Bar of Texas Law Practice Management Program
Through this program, the State Bar offers a wealth of resources to help you start and manage your practice.
The State Bar's world-class professional development program offers legal education courses in your city and online.

Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas
This is the Supreme Court mandated course that all new lawyers must take within one year of being licensed. By accessing this site, you can find information about the course, its availability online and in live settings, and registration information.

ABA Law Practice Management Section
A great resource for solo attorneys and firms of all sizes.

Ethics Helpline
The Chief Disciplinary Counsel's Office maintains a toll-free Attorney Ethics Helpline from 8 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This service is for Texas attorneys who have questions about their ethical obligations to clients, courts, and the public under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The Helpline number is (800)532-3947.

Closing a Law Practice
An attorney’s illness, incapacity, or even suspension due to misconduct, can result in the temporary or permanent closure of a practice. Your law firm needs a contingency plan in case this happens.

Libraries and Other Research Tools

County and Law Libraries
A list of county and university law libraries in Texas that may provide resources and access to online law databases.


Legal Research
When it comes to legal research, attorneys need fast, trustworthy, and straightforward tools. That’s why the State Bar of Texas offers its members free access to Fastcase, a leading legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and powerful searching, sorting, and data visualization tools at your fingertips.

Life as a Lawyer

How to Succeed as a Lawyer, by Roland Boyd
Timeless advice from an attorney to his son, who is about to enter the legal profession. This article appeared in the Texas Bar Journal in 1962, and became an instant classic.

Texas Young Lawyers Association
You're a member of the TYLA. Help it make a positive impact in the lives of attorneys and the public. Read the TYLA bylaws.

State Bar Sections
Why not join one or more State Bar sections — you'll find they offer a wealth of resources and networking opportunities. Many sections offer free memberships for attorneys licensed two years or less. As a young lawyer, you can join up to 5 sections that offer free memberships at no charge. Download the application.

Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program
For attorneys with substance abuse or mental health problems, the State Bar offers help and hope

Lawyer Referral Information Service
Need clients for your new practice? Special discounts for new lawyers

Alternatives to Private Law Practice

Interviews with In-House and Government Counsel
Q and A interviews on how in-house and government counsel found their positions and the challenges and opportunities presented to them. Includes discussions on non-legal roles.

An Inside Look at In-House Counsel
For a lot of law students, the goal is to end up in-house, but is it really as ideal as it seems? In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, host Rocky Dhir talks to William Kruse and Shruti Krishnan about their experiences as in-house counsels.

Frequently Asked Questions
Additional questions and answers on moving in-house, to a governmental position or outside of law practice.

Helpful Links
Links to websites concerning business transactions, public and private companies, state and federal offices, and others sites providing helpful general information.

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