Bar exam test-takers of the future will pay $20 more to sit for the grueling test, after the Texas Supreme Court on Dec. 12 approved an examination fee increase. Julia Vaughan, executive director of the Texas Board of Law Examiners, says it’s the first bar exam fee increase in 13 years. She says the TBLE has been “tightening its belt” ever since its cost for the multistate component of the exam shot up by $18 since 2009. An outside organization creates and sets the price for the multistate portion of the Texas Bar exam, she explains. “This is to try to essentially recover the cost increase,” says Vaughan, adding, “It’s always been our goal to maintain fees as low as possible. The point was just reached — we had to ask the court to allow us to recover that.” Students spend a full day of the two-and-a-half-day bar exam on the multistate section. Vaughan says the TBLE board must meet to decide when to implement the increased fee.
-- Angela Morris