File a Declaration of Intent to Study Law

The Texas Board of Law Examiners requires every person who intends to take the Texas Bar examination to file a Declaration of Intention to Study Law. The declaration must be filed with the Board during the student's first year of law school and must be accompanied by a copy of the student's law school application. Please print a copy of your application before releasing it to LSAC and and keep it to submit with your declaration. You must also attach any updates or addenda you submit to the School of Law after you apply.

Filing Deadlines

The declaration must be filed on a form promulgated by the Board. The declaration requires disclosure of all legal and academic offenses. The admissions application requires the same disclosures. Any discrepancies between the two forms are reported to the School of Law. Possible disciplinary action, including revocation of admission or suspension, may result.

Fingerprinting

After filing the Declaration of Intention to Study Law, the applicant will have to be fingerprinted. A time will be scheduled at the law school for the fingerprinting. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has implemented a program called Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) to obtain your fingerprints then submit them electronically to the FBI.

Disclosure of Offenses

In addition, the declaration requires disclosure of all legal and academic offenses. The admissions application requires the similar disclosures. Any discrepancies between the two forms are reported to the Texas Tech University School of Law and could result in disciplinary, including revocation of admission or suspension.

Online Forms

The forms can be found online on the Texas Board of Law Examiners web site. Students who expect to practice in other states should investigate possible similar requirements in those states.