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Legal Technicians

A New Option to Expand Access to Legal Services

Washington is the first state in the country to offer an affordable legal support option to help meet the needs of those unable to afford the services of an attorney. Legal Technicians,also known as Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT), are trained and licensed to advise and assist people going through divorce, child custody and other family-law matters in Washington.

Think of them like nurse practitioners, who can treat patients and prescribe medication like a doctor. Licensed Legal Technicians bring a similar option to the legal world, making legal services more accessible to people who can’t afford an attorney. While they cannot represent clients in court, Legal Technicians are able to consult and advise, complete and file necessary court documents, help with court scheduling, and support a client in navigating the often confusing maze of the legal system.

It’s an opportunity for Washington to lead the nation in expanding legal services for all.

See the frequently asked questions below or the links on the right hand side of the page for more information.



Recent News in the LLLT Program

Rule Changes

On June 3, 2016, the Supreme Court adopted amendments to APR 28, the rule that governs the LLLT license:


Benefits

LLLTs are now eligible to receive discounts on select products and services through the Washington State Bar Association.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Legal Technician?
Also known as a Limited License Legal Technician, a Legal Technician is not a fully licensed lawyer, but is licensed to assist clients, short of representing them in court, in certain limited legal matters approved by the Washington Supreme Court.


What are the requirements to become a Legal Technician?
To become a Limited License Legal Technician, candidates must:

  • Obtain an associate's degree or higher.
  • Complete 45 credit hours of core curriculum through an American Bar Association-approved legal program.
  • Complete practice area courses offered through the University of Washington School of Law.
  • Complete 3,000 hours of paralegal experience involving substantive legal work in any practice area under the supervision of a lawyer.
  • Take and pass the Core Curriculum, Practice Area, and Professional Responsibility Exams.
  • Fulfill other licensing requirements.

See Information for Prospective LLLTs for more detailed information


What is the difference between a Legal Technician and an attorney?

Legal Technicians are limited in performing the role of an attorney in three primary ways:

  • They cannot represent clients in court. 
  • They cannot negotiate on behalf of a client. 
  • They can only prepare legal documents that have been approved by the Limited License Legal Technician Board. 

Because Washington is the first state to authorize Legal Technicians, their practice is limited to this state; however other states are considering similar limited license programs.


How do I find a Legal Technician?
Contact information for Legal Technicians can be found in the LLLT Directory.


Do I have to have a low income to be represented by a Legal Technician?
No. Anyone may hire a Legal Technician. 



*Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.

Legal Technician Directory

A complete listing of legal technicians licensed and practicing in Washington

Information for Prospective LLLTs

Requirements for LLLT licensure

Limited License Legal Technician Board

Board policies, rules, meetings, and contact information

FAQs

Legal Technician Program questions and answers for the public

In the News

Media coverage of Washington's Legal Technician Program

Questions?

Please send questions to LLLT@wsba.org 
or call 206-727-8289.