The Basics: The Legal System, Lawyers, and You

And Justice For All

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.

AndJusticeforAll

What Do Lawyers Do?

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 2012)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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Resolution Texas Style

Attorney Complaint Information

Answers to common questions about the State Bar of Texas grievance process.

Attorney Complaint Information

How to File a Grievance

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 2007)

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

Provides information on how CAAP can help third-party interests.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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 
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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)

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