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May 17, 2005

House Bill 826: Expansion of Legal Education Opportunities for Homeschoolers

Author:
Representative Talton

Summary:
This bill will make it possible for homeschool graduates of quality distance-learning law school programs to take the Texas Bar Exam thereby allowing them to practice law in the state. For instance, homeschoolers who graduate from the distance-learning school Oak Brook College of Law in California are currently prohibited from taking the Texas Bar Exam. H.B. 826 would allow these types of students the opportunity to practice law in Texas.

Over the last eight years I have worked with numerous Oak Brook law students who have worked as Legal Assistants for the HSLDA Legal Department. They have turned out to be the best Legal Assistants to serve HSLDA. In fact, we have hired two graduates of the school to work as lawyers in our office. To continue to deny these exemplary lawyers that graduate from Oak Brook from practicing law in Texas serves no useful purpose.

Status:

02/03/2005Filed
02/10/2005Referred to Licensing and Administration Committee
03/02/2005Referred to subcommittee chair
03/29/2005Considered by subcommittee in public hearing
03/29/2005Bill left pending by committee
5/12/2005Bill died in committee

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supported this bill.

Background:
This bill was filed in the previous legislative session and passed the House, but failed to pass the Senate. Representative Robert Talton refiled the bill this year, and it went before the subcommittee on March 29. It was expected to pass easily, but several Texas law schools submitted opposition letters. Despite the testimony of proponents for the bill, it was left pending in the committee. It then died in committee.

 Other Resources

Apr-13-2005 — Texas--Calls Needed to Expand Opportunities for Homeschoolers

Mar-30-2005 — Texas--Calls Needed to Expand Legal Education Opportunities for Homeschoolers

HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox

http://equalbaraccess.org

Bill Text

Bill History