A free resource for persons who have taken
the Texas bar exam and are awaiting the
results. Here you'll find practical answers,
valuable insights, and plenty of "how-to's" from
attorneys who've been there--many of them
among the best in their field statewide.







Welcome from State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick
am pleased to welcome you to an ongoing project first initiated in 2009 by
then-State Bar President Roland Johnson. This website reflects our efforts
to reach out to future members of the profession during the three-month gap between when they take the bar exam and when they become licensed. The materials contained here—free to those experiencing this transition—address concerns of those facing for the first time the challenges and opportunities of a life in the law. We are always seeking to improve these resources, so please use the link at left to give us feedback. Again, welcome to this introduction to the profession. I hope you find much of value here.
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Browse the categories below for suggested presentations, or search TexasBarCLE's Online Classroom
or TYLA's Ten Minute Mentor for more free videos. Learn about MCLE credit and how to access the
videos in the categories below.
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A Message on Pro Bono Service from Justice Nathan Hecht - 2 min 
Alternative Careers with Your Law Degree 
Alternatives to Big Firms - 12 min 
Attorneys Who Have Made a Difference - 6 min 
Balancing a Career and Motherhood - 11 min 
Basics of Handling a Pro Bono Divorce - 28 min 
Blocking and Tackling: Interviews/Resumes/Social Media - 1 hr (No MCLE Credit)
Business Side of Law Practice - 9 min 
Considering Your Alternatives: 3 Lawyers Paths to Alternative Careers (No MCLE Credit)
Establishing Pro Bono Legal Services - 41 min 
Five Things You Must Know Before Your Clerkship - 7 min 
Getting a Handle on Basic Practice Areas - TexasBarCLE 101 Courses
Getting a Job After Law School - 5 min 
Hanging Out Your Own Shingle 
How to Handle an Estate Planning or Probate Matter Pro Bono  
Interviewing and Resume Tips - 12 min 
Job Search in the Big City - 8 min 
Judicial Clerkships - 9 min 
Leadership for Female Lawyers 
My First Mediation 
Not Practicing Law? Alternative Career Paths - 13 min 
Pro Bono & Community Service - 5 min 
Pro Bono Service: Easier and More Important than You Think - 7 min 
Professional Attire 101 - 3 min 
Resources Available to Serve Veterans, Servicemembers and Their Families 
Resume Tips - 13 min 
Serving Veterans 
The Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing - 12 min 
The Dos and Don'ts of Summer Clerkships - 16 min 
Tips for Getting an In-House Job and Making the Transition 
Tips for the Perfect Resume - 13 min 
Top Five Interviewing Pet Peeves - 6 min 
What is the ABA? - 7 min 
What is TYLA and How Can Law Students Get Involved? - 7 min 
What Law Students Should Do to Help Them Practice Intellectual Property Law 
What Should I Do To Be A Plaintiff's Lawyer? - 12 min 
What Should I Do To Practice Appellate Law? - 7 min 
What Should I Do to Practice Criminal Law? - 7 min 
What Should I Do To Practice Employment Law? - 7 min 
What Should I Do to Practice Family Law? - 10 min 
What Should I Do To Practice in General? - 2 min 
What Should I Do to Practice Probate and Estate Planning? - 9 min 
Wills Needed for Pro Bono Clients - 8 min 
Law Practice Management Part 3: Starting a Law Practice // Client Trust Accounts // Effective & Ethical Use of Your Legal Staff // Social Media Can Be Your Firms Best Friend: Or Its Worst Enemy // Client Relations
34th Annual Texas Forum Agenda: Towards a More Perfect Union: Attorney and Paralegal Teams 5.5 hrs (includes 3 hrs ethics)
Adaptable Lawyer: Disrupt Thyself // Virtual Law Firm //60 Apps in 60 Minutes // Ignite SBOT // New Lawyers Survival Guide // Experiential Learning 4.75 hrs.
Alternative Marketing Techniques (13 minutes)  
Annual Meeting 2013 General Practice/Solo/Small Firm Section Program: Social Media as Evidence // Response Following the Death of a Law Partner // Real Estate Law Update // Closing a Law Practice // Ethics Opinion 611 - 2.25 hrs (includes 1.25 hrs ethics)
Annual Meeting 2014 Gen. Practice/Solo & Small Firm: 30 Practice Tips // Electronic Evid. Cases Every Atty Should Know // Why Elders Are Unique Clients // Update on Electronic Disc. // Ethical Ramifications of In re Stephanie Lee - 2.5 hrs (.75 hr ethics)
Avoiding Litigation Related to Law Firm Breakups & Lawyer Mobility // Response to Hillman // Representing Lawyers in Intra Firm Disputes // Deequitization & Other Issues Related to Law Firm Changes
Basics of Using an iPad in Your Law Practice - 1 hr
Building Your Career: A Guide for New Lawyers 2016 - 6.25 hrs (includes 1.25 hrs ethics)
Conflicts/Client Contracts & Cybersecurity - 2 hrs (includes 2 hrs ethics)
Effective and Enjoyable Networking... Really - 1 hour (No MCLE Credit)
Essentials for the General Practitioner 2014 (Full Course) - 6.25 hrs (includes 1.25 hrs ethics)
Essentials of Winding Down a Law Practice in Texas - 7 hrs (includes 2.25 hrs ethics)
Establishing the Best Record Retention Policy for Your Law Practice - 1 hr (includes .5 hr ethics)
Grievance Symposium 2014 - 5.25 hrs
Hanging Out Your Own Shingle 
Jumpstart Your Law Practice with Social Media - 1 hr. (No MCLE Credit)
Law Office Management Part 2: Ethical Issues for Contract Attorneys // Law Firm Client Trust Accounts // What Lawyers Need to Know to Communicate Better with the Opposite Sex // Navigating New Retirement Paradigm
Law Practice Management Part 1: Confidentiality: Email & Encryption // Case Mgmt. Software // Retirement & Succession Planning for Solos // Invoicing/Fee Agreements/Ethical Requirements/Flat Fees & Non Refundable Retainers
Law Practice Management: Setting up Your Practice // Solo Solo // Client Relations // Practice & Client Management Software // Email Hell 2.75 hrs (includes 1.75 hrs ethics)
Lawyer Competency in the 21st Century - 6.50 hrs (includes 1.75 hrs ethics)
Legal Risks to Clients and Law Firms with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - 1 hr
Navigating the Storm - Going Solo in a Down Economy - 1 hr (No MCLE Credit)
Opening (or Running) Your First General Practice Office - 7 hrs (includes 2.25 hrs ethics)
Part I: Project Management for Lawyers: Planning/Prioritizing & Collaborating to Get Things Done - 2.75 hrs
Part II: Multitasking Gone Mad: How to Practice Law Effectively in a Wired/Demanding & Distracting World - 2.75 hrs (includes .5 hr ethics)
Rainmaking in a Drought - 1 hr (No MCLE Credit)
Representing Hearing Impaired Clients - 1 hr (includes 1 hr ethics)
Strategies for Serving Your Clients Efficiently and Effectively - 1 hr (includes 0.25 hrs ethics)
Strategies to Weather a Challenging Economy - 1 hr (No MCLE Credit)
Texas Minority Attorney Program 2016 - 6 hrs (includes 1 hr ethics)
The Death (Near Death) of Privacy: Its Impact on Our Lives and Our Practices - 1 hr (includes .25 hr ethics)
The Digital Office - 10 min.  
Using a Paralegal in Your Practice: What They Can and Cannot Do - 1 hr (includes .5 hr ethics)
Women in the Law 2014 - 5.5 hrs (includes 1 hr ethics)
Atticus Finch and Ethics 5.25 hrs (5.25 hrs ethics)
Attorney Advertising Rules - 1 hr (includes 1 hr ethics)
Attorney Civility - 1 hr (includes 1 hr ethics)
Ethical Considerations for Pro Bono Cases  
Ethical Considerations When Counseling Clients Who Suffer from PTSD and Other Combat-Connected  
Ethical Courtroom Behavior Part I: Maintaining Dignity - 1.5 hrs (includes 1.5 hrs ethics)
Ethical Courtroom Behavior Part II: Enforcement - 1 hr (includes 1 hr ethics)
Ethical Sharing of Office Space - 1 hr (includes 1 hr ethics)
Ethics & Professionalism for New Lawyers - 20 min 
Ethics of Juggling Client Needs Effectively in a 24 Hour Day - 1 hr (includes 1 hr ethics)
Fitness to Practice: Balancing Life and Livelihood - 2 hrs (includes 2 hrs ethics)
Future of Ethics and the Legal Profession in a Flat World 1.50 hrs (includes 1.50 hrs ethics)
How to Make Money and Stay Out of Trouble: Getting and Keeping Clients
How to Properly Manage Your Client’s Funds and Trust Accounts - 1 hr (includes 1 hr ethics)
Lawyers Fighting Back Against Burnout and Depression 
Management Lessons Learned from the Texas Lawyers Creed - 1 hr (includes 1 hr ethics)
Positive Professionalism: Better Lawyering through Positive Psychology - 1.5 hrs (includes 1.5 hrs ethics)
Professionalism 
The Attorney/Judge Relationship: What's Okay and What's Not - 1.5 hrs (includes 1.5 hrs ethics)
The Ethical Lawyer: Malpractice Avoidance and Honoring the Practice of Law (2 hours ethics)
Two Guys Talking About the Ethics of a Litigator (1 hour ethics)
What to Expect in an Evidentiary Hearing (1.75 hours ethics)
Winning With Ethics and Integrity - 2 hrs (includes 2 hrs ethics)
Working With (Instead of Against) Your Client (1 hour ethics)
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