The Basics: The Legal System, Lawyers, and You

Paralegal Guide

This handbook is designed to help lawyers and paralegals form productive relationships. (Last revised 2022)


And Justice For All (Available online only)

Through this website, the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the Texas State Bar seek to educate lawyers on both sides of the bar, as well as the general public, to reduce the risk of wrongful convictions.


What Do Lawyers Do? (Available online only)

An interactive web-based project from the Texas Young Lawyers Association that is designed to educate high school and college students about how to become a lawyer. The project focuses on preparation for law school, the law school experience, and different career paths for law school graduates. Among its many goals, the project seeks to encourage a discussion about the different aspects of a legal education and the seemingly endless options open to those interested in pursuing a legal education.

What Do Lawyers Do Pushcard

How to Select a Lawyer

Designed to provide tips on hiring a lawyer and how to prepare for a consultation. (Last revised 2020)


Lawyer Referral & Information Service

When you are having a legal problem, are unsure of your rights, or are unfamiliar with the rules and regulations regarding a situation, you need a lawyer. The State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral & InformationService can help you find a lawyer or agency that best matches your legal needs and resources. (Last revised 2018)


Crime Victims Guide

If you or a loved one is the victim of a crime, navigating the criminal justice system can be intimidating. Here are a few tips on what to expect as you follow your case through the process. (Last revised 2019)


Privilege 101: Understanding Privileged Conversations Under the Law

An overview for attorneys, clients, spouses, clergy, and health professionals on legal confidentiality and privilege rights and obligations prepared by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. (Last revised 2019)


Texas Lawyer’s Creed: A Mandate for Professionalism

Designed to eliminate abusive tactics within the practice of law in Texas and promote respect and confidence in the legal profession. (Last revised 2005)

Lawyer’s Creed: A Mandate for Professionalism

Dispute Resolution Texas Style

Designed to promote use of alternative dispute resolution procedures. It outlines the essential elements of the ADR philosophy and addresses common concerns and question about the procedure. (Last revised 2010)

Dispute Resolution Texas Style

Attorney Complaint Information

Answers to common questions about the State Bar of Texas grievance process. (Last revised 2019)

Attorney Complaint Information

How to File a Grievance (Available online only)

A video tutorial from the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel on how to file a grievance.

How to File a Grievance Video

CAAP: Client-Attorney Assistance Program

The Client Attorney Assistance Program (CAAP) is a confidential statewide dispute resolution service of the State Bar of Texas. CAAP’s objective is to facilitate communication and foster productive dialogue between Texas lawyers and their clients in an effort to assist them in resolving minor concerns, disagreements, or misunderstandings that are impacting the attorney-client relationship. CAAP helps thousands of people every year resolve problems with their lawyers, and offers services in Spanish, Thai, and Laotian. (Last revised 2019)


CAAP: Client-Attorney Assistance Program - Third-party Brochure

Provides information on how CAAP can help third-party interests. (Last revised 2017)


Client Security Fund

The Client Security Fund provides relief to clients whose lawyers have failed to meet their obligations to pay restitution or, in case of disbarment, resignation, or death of the lawyer, clients who can demonstrate post-judgment that their lawyers stole money from them or failed to refund an unearned fee. (Last revised 2016)


Security Fund

Let’s Learn a Little About the Law

A coloring/activity book about Officer Bob and Luis the Lawyer and the importance each plays in keeping our community safe. (Last revised 2012)

Let's Learn a 
About the Law

Luis Goes to Court

A coloring/activity book about a young boy who witnesses a bicycle being stolen and must go to court to testify. (Last revised 2012)

Luis Goes to 

Remaining Civil: An Officer’s Guide to Responding to Non-Criminal Calls for Service

A two-part project designed to educate officers and civilians about the civil remedies arising from common scenarios presented by emergency calls. The first part of the project consists of a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education-certified training block that discusses the best practices for answering calls involving domestic disputes, custody disputes, evictions, repossessions, animals, and mental health commitments. The second part of the project assists citizens in dealing with non-criminal legal issues and directs them to appropriate resources to resolve them. (Last revised 2012)

Remaining Civil: An Officer’s Guide to Responding to Non-Criminal 
Calls for Service

Financial Resources Guide for a Public Interest Legal Career (Available online only)

Provides a summary of strategies and resources that law students may find useful when determining whether to pursue a career in government or public interest law. (Last revised 2013)

Financial Resources Guide for a Public Interest Legal 

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