Skip to main content
Home

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

Northern District of Texas

Judge Jorge A. Solis, Chief Judge
Karen Mitchell, Clerk of Court

Admission Requirements

You are here

Requirements for Admission to Practice in the Northern District of Texas

Note: An attorney who has been admitted to practice in the the Northern District of Texas may practice in both district and bankruptcy court.

LR 83.7 and LCrR 57.7 identify the requirements for admission to practice in the Northern District of Texas. These procedures explain the process for becoming admitted to the bar of this court. If you seek permission to appear for one case only, please see the Pro Hac Vice Appearance instructions.

If you are a resident attorney or will travel to the Northern District of Texas to be sworn in:

  1. Obtain an original Certificate of Good Standing issued within the last 90 days from the state bar or highest court of the state or District of Columbia in which you are licensed to practice. Note: a Certificate of Good Standing from a District Court will not be accepted.
  2. Complete the Application for Admission, remembering to:
    1. Have your sponsor sign the application and have your signature notarized (original INK signatures required);
      • In lieu of a notary, the clerk may witness your signature before your appointment for an $11 fee.
    2. Discard "Optional Page" 3, unless you wish to be sworn in by a circuit, bankruptcy, or magistrate judge of this court; and
    3. Attach the original Certificate of Good Standing described in Step 1.
  3. Make an appointment to present your application to a U.S. District Judge (see the schedule for usual appointment days). If approved, the district judge will swear you in at that time. If you prefer to be sworn in by a circuit judge, bankruptcy judge, or magistrate judge of this court, a district judge must approve your application on the "Optional Page" 3, before you can be sworn in by the other judge. Your sponsor must be present to introduce you when you are sworn in by any judge of this court.
  4. After you have been sworn in, present your approved application to the clerk's office and pay the admission fee. (Payment methods: Cash is accepted in Dallas and Fort Worth. Checks and money orders, made payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court, and the following credit cards: American Express, Diner's Club, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa, are accepted in all divisions.) The clerk will prepare your Certificate of Admission while you wait.

If you are a nonresident attorney who will be sworn in by a judge of another district:

  1. Obtain an original Certificate of Good Standing issued within the last 90 days from the state bar or highest court of the state or District of Columbia in which you are licensed to practice. Note: a Certificate of Good Standing from a District Court will not be accepted.
  2. Complete the Application for Admission, remembering to:
    1. Have your sponsor sign the application and have your signature notarized (original INK signatures required);
    2. Leave the "Optional Page" 3 attached; and
    3. Attach the original Certificate of Good Standing described in Step 1.
  3. Send the application to the clerk's office, but DO NOT send the application fee at this time. (If you send it prematurely, the clerk must return it to you, which will cause delays in the processing of your application.)
  4. Once approved by a district judge of this court, the clerk will return the approved application to you, so you may arrange to have a judge of another district administer the oath of admission to the Northern District of Texas.
  5. Arrange to be sworn in by a judge of another district. The other district's judge will need to sign on the "Optional Page" 3 to show that the oath was administered.
  6. Send the completed application and the admission fee in a check or money order made payable to: Clerk, U.S. District Court to the clerk's office. The clerk will mail your certificate to you.

If you have not yet registered for electronic filing, please be advised that LR 5.1(f) and LCrR 49.2(g) require you to do so within 14 days of your appearance in any case.

If You Are Requesting a Judge to Deliver Your Oath of Admission to Another District:

If you are seeking admission to practice in another district, follow the admission procedures of that district. If you wish for a NDTX judge to administer the oath of admission for the other district, make an appointment through the judge's chambers to be sworn in.