February 2017 Bar Examinees
The February 2017 Bar Exam will be administered February 21-23, 2017, at the Palmer Events Center in Austin.
Please see our Current Exam page for useful and important information about the February 2017 Bar Exam, including General Instructions for the Bar Exam. All examinees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to these General Instructions.
Parking at the Palmer Events Center is limited, and is expected to fill up. Examinees are encouraged to use public transportation, walk, bike, and carpool. (Parking at the Palmer Events Center is $8 per day.)
Our office will be closed February 20-24, 2017.
February 20-24, 2017, all staff will be out of the office administering the bar exam, and our office will be closed. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017.
Supreme Court Order regarding UNT Dallas College of Law
On December 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of Texas signed an order providing that “any person who has graduated from, satisfied all requirements for graduation from, or has completed all but four semester hours at UNT Dallas College of Law, and who meets all other eligibility requirements in the Rules, is eligible to take the Texas Bar Examinations offered in July 2017, February 2018, and July 2018.”
Pursuant to the order, all UNT Dallas College of Law students have until February 15, 2017, to timely-file a Declaration of Intention to Study Law.
In addition, UNT Dallas College of Law students who are otherwise eligible to take the July 2017 Bar Exam have until February 15, 2017 to timely-file a bar exam application.
After February 15, 2017, the filing deadlines and late fees in the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Texas will apply to all UNT Dallas College of Law students.
These students may now create ATLAS accounts and submit Declarations and Bar Exam applications through this website.
For information about becoming a proctor for the Bar Exam, please see Employment Opportunities.
July 2016 Selected Answers Now Available
The July 2016 Selected Answers are now avaiable on our Selected Answers page.
Fee Change, beginning with July 2017 Bar Exam
The Supreme Court of Texas has approved a change to the fees set out in the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Texas as follows:
Rule XVIII - Fees
The following provisions shall govern the fees charged by the Board:
FEES RELATING TO DECLARATIONS
Declaration Investigation Fee $150
Fingerprint Card Processing Fee $ 40
Late Filing Fee $150
Fee for Check Returned for Insufficient Funds $ 25
FEES RELATING TO ELIGIBILITY & EXAMINATIONS
Texas Law Student:
$150 Application Fee
95 Examination Fee
75 55 Investigation Fee
Out-of-State Law Student:
$150 Application Fee
40 Fingerprint Card Processing Fee
95 150 Examination Fee
This equalizes the bar exam related fees for Texas law students and out-of-state law students. Fees for Texas law students now total $490 (a $190 fee for the Declaration of Intention plus a $300 fee for the bar exam), and fees for out-of-state law students to sit for the bar exam are also $490.
This change affects applicants for the July 2017 Texas Bar Exam. The Court's order is published here.
July 2016 Bar Exam Pass List
We have posted the July 2016 pass list here.
Sunset Commission Review
The Sunset Review of the Texas Board of Law Examiners
The mission and performance of the Texas Board of Law Examiners are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.
The Sunset review involves three steps. First, Sunset Commission staff will evaluate the Board of Law Examiners and issue a report in April 2016 recommending solutions to problems found. A month or so later, the Sunset Commission will meet to hear public testimony on the agency and the recommendations of the Sunset staff. Based on public input and the Sunset staff report, the Sunset Commission will adopt recommendations for the full Legislature to consider when it convenes in January 2017. Please refer to the Sunset Commission website or call the office for updated information on specific dates for these meetings.
Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to suggest ways in which the mission and operations of the Board of Law Examiners can be strengthened. If you would like to share your ideas about the Board of Law Examiners, please send an email to the address below, use the comment form on the Sunset Commission website, or contact Sean Shurtleff of the Sunset staff. Suggestions are preferred by December 18, 2015, so they can be fully considered by the Commission staff.
Sunset Advisory Commission
P.O. Box 13066 Austin, Texas 78711
512/463-1300 Fax: 512/463-0705
Information about the Sunset process, Sunset Commission meetings, and how to receive Sunset Commission email updates is available at: www.sunset.texas.gov.