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Can we hang our hat on it? Texas accepts UBE recommendation from task force

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It wasn’t that long ago that we were wondering what state might be next on the Uniform Bar Exam train. Specifically, Danielle Maddox Kinchen looked at the prospects for Texas, whose task force had recommended in May that the state consider adopting the UBE.

Task force member and Texas Tech University School of Law professor Cassie Christopher had this to say about the prospects for it actually happening:

“I have no idea [whether Texas will adopt the UBE] because this decision is made by the supreme court,” said Cassie Christopher, Director of the Bar Preparation Resources Office and one of 13 members on the Task Force. “Other states have had task forces recommend the UBE, and nothing happened.”

That was true. Illinois started talking about going UBE two years ago, but it wasn’t until June that they actually did it.

So we weren’t exactly holding our breath about posting a Texas Uniform Bar Exam announcement. Which I guess was our mistake for not believing in the Lone Star State.

Lesson learned – Texas, one of the major linchpins left in the national adoption chain, stated its intentions to join the roster of UBE states last week.

And while it’s not quite a done deal, here’s what the Texas Supreme Court had to say about their bar exam plans:

After consideration, the Court accepts the Task Force’s recommendation to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam in Texas. The Court anticipates this change will take effect beginning with the February 2021 exam administration and that necessary rule amendments will be adopted in the interim period.

The Court also accepts the Task Force’s recommendation that an appropriate Texas Law Course and Texas Law Examination be developed to ensure that applicants who wish to be admitted to the Texas Bar have sufficient knowledge of the important aspects of Texas law, ethics, and procedure. The format of the Texas Law Course and Texas Law Examination have not yet been determined, and the Court will continue to study this matter with guidance from the Texas Board of Law Examiners.

The Court invites public comment on this Order through December 8, 2018, before issuing a final order adopting the UBE and a supplemental Texas Law Course and Texas Law Examination. Written comments should be emailed to rulescomments@txcourts.g….

Barring a write-in campaign against it, it looks like Texas will happen sooner than later. (That’s not an Oklahoma joke, but you can beat them to it!) Would we like it to be official now? Sure. Would it be nice for testing to start before 2021? Of course. But it’s progress.

We give their decision a rating of one flag over Texas, or a lone star, for now.

Here’s hoping we can revisit this rating before the end of the year!

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