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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

Northern District of Texas

Barbara M.G. Lynn, Chief Judge
Karen Mitchell, Clerk of Court

Admission Requirements and Application

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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.

NOTE: The procedures below detail the usual process to seek admission to our court. In light of the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the district is temporarily offering a limited opportunity to a resident or nonresident attorney who must be sworn in now—either because the attorney has a case pending in the Northern District of Texas or is ready to file in the Northern District of Texas—to apply for admission by emailing their application to the clerk, and if the application is approved by a district judge, to participate in a telephonic admission ceremony. An attorney seeking a judge of this court to administer the oath of admission to another federal district court may also temporarily request to participate in a telephonic ceremony. All nonresident applicants must follow the temporary procedures, and resident applicants may follow them.  If a resident applicant calls a judge’s office to make an appointment to be sworn in, the judge may direct the applicant to follow the temporary procedures.  

 

USUAL PROCEDURES (see also Temporary Procedures at the bottom of this page):

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

  1. Obtain a valid Certificate of Good Standing issued from the state bar or highest court of the state or District of Columbia in which you are licensed to practice.
    Note:  Only one Certificate of Good Standing is required but one 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: 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 a valid Certificate of Good Standing issued from the state bar or highest court of the state or District of Columbia in which you are licensed to practice.
    Note:  Only one Certificate of Good Standing is required but one 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, Certificate of Good Standing, 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 (see also Temporary Procedures at the bottom of this page):

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.

Notice to attorneys who are employed by the federal government:

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has waived the $25 local attorney admission fee and the $100 pro hac vice fee for attorneys employed by the federal government at the time of application.  However, any attorney who wishes to be admitted to the bar of the Northern District of Texas must pay the mandatory Judicial Conference fee for attorney admission.  Bar membership is for an attorney, not for the government, and the fee charged for admission to the bar is not a fee for a service that the clerk's office renders on behalf of the government.  Bar membership stays with an attorney, regardless of whether the attorney continues employment with the government.  The Northern District of Texas does not charge a renewal fee for admission to the bar.

 

TEMPORARY PROCEDURES:

If you are an attorney who must be sworn in now—either because you have a case pending in the Northern District of Texas or are ready to file in the Northern District of Texas— follow Steps 1 and 2 under the correct Resident or Nonresident section instructions above.  If you are unable to obtain the signature of a notary public, the clerk can sign your application for you (a certification fee will apply and be collected when you submit payment for admission AFTER you have been sworn in by a judge of this district).  Once you are ready to submit your application, call the attorney admissions clerk at 214-753-2190 for information on submitting your application, scheduling the telephonic ceremony to receive the oath (if your application is approved), and submitting the original application and payment.

If you are requesting a judge to deliver your oath of admission to another district, call the attorney admissions clerk at 214-753-2190 for information on submitting your oath paperwork and scheduling the telephonic ceremony to receive the oath.