The American Bar Association provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. For a link to a list of all approved law schools, click here.
The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the judicial branch in Texas. Every licensed attorney is a member of the State Bar, which provides a wide array of services to its members and the public. Individuals seeking to file a grievance against a licensed Texas attorney must contact the State Bar for further information. The State Bar also has helpful information on becoming a lawyer. For information about third year bar cards, contact the Law Student Division. The State Bar of Texas has launched a registration process for the new inductees to be able to register online; click on http://www.texasbar.com/NewAttorney for more information.
The National Conference of Bar Examiners. The mission of the Conference is to work with other institutions to develop, maintain, and apply reasonable and uniform standards of education and character for eligibility for admission to the practice of law, and to assist bar admission authorities by providing standardized examinations of uniform and high quality for the testing of applicants for admission to the practice of law, disseminating relevant information concerning admission standards and practices, conducting educational programs for the members and staffs of such authorities, and providing other services such as character investigations and conducting research. The NCBE has many useful links, including information on the multistate tests, sample MPT questions and practice MBE questions, online registration for the MPRE, and links to other bar admission offices. The NCBE also provides an online MBE practice exam. (Click here to visit the NCBE catalog.)
The Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism is a 501(c)(3) public foundation organized for the purposes of promoting and enhancing ethics, professionalism and civility among the state's lawyers.
The Texas Young Lawyers Association is commonly referred to as the "public service arm" of the State Bar. TYLA's main purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. Their programs are designed to assist Texas attorneys in their practice of law and to provide public legal education services to Texans.
The State Bar of Texas presents AftertheBarExam.com, a free online resource for all Texas Bar examinees, to address the concerns and questions of those facing for the first time the challenges and opportunities of a life in the law. Click on the link to learn more.