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TEXAS COURT RULES.
STATUTES AND RULES GOVERNING TEXAS BAR
R. S., Art 317 (as amended by Act of Thirty-sixth Legislature).
"SECTION 1. From and after the taking effect. of this law, there
shall be one Board of Examiners for the State of Texas. This Board
shall consist of five lawyers, having the qualifications required of
Members of the Supreme Court of the State. They shall be appointed
by the Supreme Court and shall each hold office for a period of two
years, and until his successor shall be appointed, and shall qualify.
They shall be required to take the Constitutional oath of office.
"SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of this Board, acting under the
instructions of the Supreme Court, as hereinafter provided, to pass
upon the eligibility of all candidates for examination for license to
pratice law within this State, and to examine thoroughly such of these
as may show themselves eligible therefor, as to their qualifications to
practice law. This Board shall not recommend any person for license
to practice law unless such person shall affirmatively show to the
Board, in the manner to be prescribed by the Supreme Court, that
he is of such moral character and of such capacity and attainment
that it would be of advantage to the public, and particularly to any
community in which he may follow his profession for him to be
"SEC. 3. The Supreme Court is hereby authorized and empowered
to make any and all rules and regulations which, in its judgment,
may be proper and expedient to govern eligibility for such
examination, and the manner of conducting the same, covering
among other points, proper and effective guarantee to insure:
(a) Good moral character on the part of each candidate for
(b) Adequate pre-legal study and attainment.
(c) Adequate study of the law for a period of at least two years,
covering the course of study prescribed by the Supreme Court, or the
equivalent of such course, before coming to the examination.
(d) The legal topics to be covered by such study and by the
(e) The time and place for holding the examinations, the manner
of conducting same aqd the grades to be made by the candidates
to entitle them to be licensed, provided that whenever as many as
five applicants shall request the Board to conduct an examination in
any particular town or city convenient to their place of residence, the
examination of such applicants shall be conducted at such town or
city at some suitable time, to be determined by the Board.
(f) Any other such matters as shall be desirable in order to make
the issuance of a license to practice law evidence of good character,
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Moffett, James William. Gammel's Rules of the Courts of Texas, book, 1922; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5836/m1/61/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .