A Legal Technician advises a couple.Legal Technicians

New option for wider 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.

Learn more on the Frequently Asked Questions page for the public.


Congratulations to the Inaugural Class

Seven candidates passed the first Legal Technician exam on May 11, 2015.  Of the nine candidates who took the exam, these seven passed both the Professional Responsibility Exam and Domestic Relations Practice Area exam:
    Angela Wright and Priscilla Selden
    Legal Technician candidates Angela Wright and Priscilla Selden enjoy a reception for their inaugural class at the Washington Supreme Court in Olympia.
  • Leisa Bulick of White Salmon, Wash.
  • Christine Carpenter of Auburn, Wash.
  • Michelle Cummings of Auburn, Wash.
  • Kimberly Lancaster of Shoreline, Wash.
  • Melodie Nicholson of  Auburn, Wash.
  • Priscilla Selden of Entiat, Wash.
  • Angela Wright of Granite Falls, Wash.

In addition to passing the exam, candidates must complete 3,000 hours of supervised experience, pledge an oath before the state Supreme Court, and fulfill other requirements in order to become licensed legal technicians.



Background

The Washington Supreme Court adopted a rule allowing licensing of a new category of legal practitioners. Admission and Practice Rule 28, the limited practice rule for Limited License Legal Technicians, opened the door for licensed individuals who are not lawyers and who meet certain educational requirements, to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law. The first approved practice area is domestic relations.

The Supreme Court appointed a 13-member Limited License Legal Technician Board to develop and administer the license program with administrative support from the WSBA.

*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.

Becoming a Legal Technician

Rules and Requirements for Legal Technicians

Limited License Legal Technician Board

Board policies, rules, meetings, and contact information

FAQs

Legal Technician Program questions and answers for the public

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Questions?

Please send questions to LLLT@wsba.org.

206.727.8289