Did the Texas Legislature vote for distance learners to be able to take the Texas Bar Exam?

By | September 20, 2015

The state lesiglature was supposed to vote if students who participate in distance learning law school could take the Texas Bar Exam if they have already passed a Bar Exam in another state. I want to find out how they voted and if this was passed recently.

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3 thoughts on “Did the Texas Legislature vote for distance learners to be able to take the Texas Bar Exam?

  1. James

    Yikes, I hope not. No offense if that applies to you, but I don’t believe there’s any way a quality law school experience could be replicated online.

  2. alaskaknights2006

    This link may give a bit more information. Try searching the Texas Legislature website to see if this bill has passed. I am unaware of it if it has, but I think it would be a good idea if it did.

    http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1108389948229

    http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=79R&Bill=HB826

    Actually there are several states that allow graduates of non-ABA schools to sit for their bar exams (Do your research first. These are often limited to certain schools that are “approved” by their respective states). California (while allowing, by far, the most non-ABA programs) is unique only in the fact that it allows graduates of “correspondence” programs initial licensure.

    Additionally, as you are probably already aware, a great number of states will allow licensure of a graduate of a non-ABA program who has practiced law for a certain period of time, often between three and five years, but sometimes longer. Texas is the only state which, while allowing one of these provisions, specifically discriminates against “correspondence” school graduates.

  3. Revolution

    The Texas house bill, H286, passed the House, but when sent to the Senate, it was referred to the Licensing and Administration Committee which referred it to a subcommittee. Due to opposition from a number of Texan law schools, the bill died in the subcommittee.

    There are currently no plans to revive it. California is the only state that allows people who graduated from non-ABA law schools (including online ones) to take their state bar exam.

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