Mandatory New Texas Attorney Course

Things You Need to Know About the Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas Course Requirement:

  • Since 1996, the Supreme Court of Texas requires all newly-licensed lawyers in Texas to complete a four-hour professionalism course, Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, no later than 12 months after the date of licensure.  Use the calculator below to determine your deadline.  
  • You can find copies of the order here.  
  • No other course can be substituted to fulfill this requirement.
  • If you are an attorney licensed in another state but are newly-licensed in Texas, you are required to complete the course. 
  • There are not any waivers for the requirement.
  • Attorneys who complete the course after the 12 month deadline, will incur a $150 late fee penalty.  
  • Suspension of law license will occur if the course and any relevant fees are not paid within 16 months.
  • Upon completion of the course and payment of relevant fees, you will receive four hours of ethics CLE credit.

Still have questions?  Click here to view frequently asked questions about the course requirement.
 

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