As I mentioned earlier this week, the deadline for the application to take the bar was March 30th. Of course on March 30th I was still planning on passing the Illinois bar exam and becoming employed in Illinois. HA.
I have spoken to two people at the Texas Board of Law Examiners... one basically told me I'm shit out of luck and to join in the "festivities" in February of 2012 (not even joking, he literally referred to the bar exam as "festivities"), and another told me that there is a waiver you can apply for that will waive the deadline and let you apply later than the late deadline, and if you're approved you can take the July bar exam.
OF COURSE they don't evaluate the waivers until after the bar exam results go out in May, which is after the deadline for the Illinois bar exam in July.
So basically I had to hit my parents up for even more money so I can pay to take BOTH the Illinois bar exam and the Texas bar exam in July, and then we'll see which one I end up taking.
Anyone who has filled out a bar exam application knows what a colossal pain in the ass they are... listing every address and employer for the past 10 years, plus any run ins with the law, any unpaid debts, and a gazillion character references.
Luckily it wasn't too big of a pain this time around since I just printed off my Illinois application and went through and re-typed everything in to the Texas application.
However there is one major difference in the Illinois and Texas applications - Texas requires a certified copy of your birth certificate to accompany your application. Of course I don't just have one laying around, who the hell does? So I have ordered one and placed a note in my application that my birth certificate has been ordered and I will forward it to them as soon as I receive it.
Of course the note I WANTED to put in the application was
"Until Obama shows his birth certificate, I'm not showing mine."
I mean it IS Texas, after all. ;)