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TexasTexas Legal Organizations

Learn more about legal organizations in the State of Texas including the Texas State Bar, the Texas Bar College, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

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According to the ABA 2019 National Lawyer Population Survey, Texas is the state with the third-highest number of resident active attorneys. The survey showed Texas, had 91,244 active lawyers living in the state. 

The Texas State Bar


Headquartered in Austin, TX, the mission of the State Bar of Texas is to educate the public about the rule of law and promote diversity in the administration of justice and the practice of law, enable its members to better serve their clients and the public, foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers, assure all citizens equal access to justice, and support the administration of the legal system.

1414 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512)427-1463

Texas Bar College


The Texas Bar College recognizes Texas lawyers who attend at least double the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) required by the State Bar of Texas. The State Bar College issues annual awards, including the Steve Condos CLE Award for the most hours, the Franklin Jones CLE Article Award, and the Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award. The College is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best-trained attorneys in Texas. Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys... Read more »

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)


As the largest state association for criminal defense attorneys in the United States, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) strives to provide support, a more unified voice before the Texas legislature, and quality continuing education opportunities to its members. The organization has more than 3200 members which include many of the top criminal defense lawyers in Texas. The organization hosts more than 40 seminars each year... Read more »

The State of Texas also has several associations of criminal defense attorneys organized at the city or county level including:

Texas Trial Lawyers Association


Founded in 1949, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association is a non-profit organization of plaintiff's attorneys who meet certain membership criteria. The TTLA provides information, services and continuing education seminars to its members. Many of the top personal injury attorneys in Texas belong to this trusted organization... Read more »

Texas Board of Legal Specialization


The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) is the largest single-state certification program for lawyers in the United States. TBLS also has the greatest percentage of board-certified specialists in the United States. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization may also accredit organizations that are also accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists. 

Lawyer Referral Services in Texas

The State Bar of Texas maintains a list of Certified Lawyer Referral Services in Texas. These services are operated by local bar associations and other non-profit public service organizations. If you need an attorney in Texas, consider contacting one of the services listed below by calling the phone number or clicking on the website link provided. Additionally, the State Bar of Texas also maintains a Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS).

Other Legal Organizations in Texas

Other legal organizations in Texas include:

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • ACLU of Texas
  • Advocacy Incorporated
  • Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts
  • Texas Legal Services Center (State Support)
  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Additional Resources

Texas Bar's Roster of Bar Associations - Visit the website of the Texas Bar to find a roster of more than 100 bar associations. Each of the bar associations are encouraged to self-report information about their organization to the State Bar of Texas via email to atlocalbars@texasbar.com. By self-reporting, the Texas Bar is able to maintain an updated roster with the contact information for each legal organization. The various bar associations on the list include metropolitan, county, regional, specialty, minority, and statewide bar associations and legal organizations in Texas.

This article was last updated on Friday, January 3, 2020.