Limited License Legal Technician Board
The Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Board derives its authority from the Washington State Supreme Court under Rule 28 of the Admission to Practice Rules (APR), adopted effective September 1, 2012. APR 28 authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law.
With the rule, the Supreme Court established the LLLT Board to administer the program. In late December 2012, the Supreme Court appointed the first LLLT Board, which includes several non-attorneys and a legal educator. The Board's charter for the first year is to begin creating and drafting the operational details for the LLLT program. This includes regulations for professional conduct, exam procedures, continuing education requirements, and disciplinary procedures.
The LLLT Board began its work in January 2013. As one of its first actions, the Board recommended family law as the first practice area in which to license LLLTs, which the Supreme Court unanimously approved in March 2013.
The LLLT Board is expected to begin accepting applications for the licensing exam in late Summer 2014/early Fall 2014 and beginning licensing of LLLTs in late Fall 2014/early 2015.
On July 10, 2013, the Supreme Court approved amendments to APR 28. The amendments significantly changed the education and experience requirements for licensure. In order to apply for the LLLT exam, applicants must have completed:
For information about the practice area courses, review our frequently asked questions.
In addition, in order to qualify for licensure, applicants must acquire 3,000 hours of substantive law related work experience (the equivalent of 18 months full time). The pro bono requirement was removed.
Also on July 10, 2013, the Supreme Court approved a limited time waiver regulation to provide a short term means for entry into this new legal profession for experienced paralegal professionals who establish minimum core competency through testing and who have significant substantive law-related experience, without requiring applicants to complete an associate level degree or 45 credits of core courses. Applicants may apply for a limited time waiver beginning Aug. 1, 2013. Learn more.
On August 8, 2013, the Supreme Court approved Regulations 1-12 to Appendix APR 28. The regulations set forth the scope of practice for LLLTs licensed in domestic relations; core and practice area education requirements; application procedures; examination standards; requirements regarding substantive law-related experience, financial responsibility, and annual license fees; and the Oath for Limited License Legal Technicians. Learn more.
The LLLT Board will meet on March 13, 2014, from 2–5 p.m. at Perkins Coie and on April 17, 2014, from 25 p.m. at the Washington State Bar Association office. See the meeting materials for the February 20, 2014, meeting. See complete sets of meeting materials, including approved meeting minutes.
Stephen R. Crossland
Board of Governors Liaison
WSBA Staff Liaison
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