Can a convicted felon get a license to practice law in TEXAS?

Asked over 2 years ago - Dallas, TX

I got convicted of a second degree felony 7 years ago (burglarly of a habitation) in Texas. Would the Texas Board of Law Examiners give me a license to practice law after I pass the bar?

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  1. Lee Keller King

    Contributor Level 12


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Possibly. A felony conviction is not an absolute bar to becoming an attorney.

    The question in front of the Texas Board of Bar Examiners is whether an applicant possesses the current good moral character to be an attorney in Texas. (

    After five years have elapsed from the end of probation or completion of the sentence, a person with a felony may apply to attend a Texas law school (or, if a graduate of an ABA accredited law school in another state, to write the Bar Exam). The Board will then investigate and make a determination based on many factors, including the type and severity of the offense, and the life of the application since the offense.

    It is not easy, but it can and has been done. You will almost undoubtedly need the assistance of a Texas attorney who specializes in these matters (which I do not, although I know attorneys who do).

    If it is your dream to be an attorney, don't give up. Know, however, that you will have a long, hard journey in front of you.

  2. M Elizabeth Gunn

    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . I'm sorry, but no--you cannot be licensed as an attorney if you are a convicted felon, regardless of how long ago your conviction might have been incurred.

Related Topics

Felony crime

A felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison. Certain especially severe felonies may be punishable by the death sentence.

Criminal conviction

A criminal conviction may lead to jail time, fines, and/or probation. Felony convictions can also restrict voting rights and access to public assistance.

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