Texas Law Professors & Texas Law Student Admission

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Texas does not have special admission rules for law professors that are teaching at Texas law schools to practice law. Check out Texas pro hac vice for specific admission requirements.

Law Students

Law students are able to practice law in Texas courts on a limited basis

Texas law students admission certification requires students to meet the following:

  • Show good character and legal competence
  • Certify in writing that they understand the Texas rules of professional conduct
  • Certify in writing that they understand the Texas Supreme Court rules
  • Be apart of a clinical law practice program at a Texas Law School
  • Cannot receive any compensation for their representation, but they may be compensated if they are in employment of legal aid bureaus, attorneys, public defender organizations or by the state.

Texas Law Student Admission: Limited Practice

Texas law student admission or ability to practice law depends on a few things. However, in general, Texas law student admission toward a limited basis, enables them to participate in the following activities. This list is not all-encompassing but touches on the most common issues the legal student can engage in or represent a client on:

  • Civil Matters of the local courts (with clients consent)
  • Criminal Matters, misdemeanor in nature in the local courts (with clients consent).
  • In both above matters the supervising attorney must be present except in municipal, magistrate or justice courts.
  • Law students can however practice the following outside of the general supervisor o a supervising attorney
    • Prepare motions, briefs pleadings, and other legal documents, as long as they are signed by the supervising attorney
    • Assist indigent individuals and inmates who request information in regards to post conviction assistance