LLLT Limited Time Waivers

Frequently Asked Questions

Before completing your application, please read the answers to our frequently asked questions for general information about the waiver application process and to determine if you may qualify. If you are interested in signing up for the family law courses, please review our frequently asked questions about the practice area education requirements.

Limited Time Waiver Requirements

To qualify for the waiver, you must provide proof that you have each of the following:

  1. Passed the Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam conducted by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) OR the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) conducted by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) OR the Professional Paralegal (PP) Exam conducted by NALS, the Association for Legal Professionals;
  2. Active certification as a Certified Paralegal with NALA OR as a PACE Registered Paralegal with NFPA OR as a Professional Paralegal with NALS; and
  3. Completed 10 years of substantive law-related experience supervised by a licensed lawyer within the 15 years preceding the application for the waiver. 

Waiver Application

Follow these instructions and type information using the fillable PDF application form and supplemental forms:

Carefully review the application and ensure that your answers are complete and accurate. You will need to produce original documentation to complete the application (as described below), so give yourself plenty of time to obtain necessary documentation. Then, print the forms and sign and notarize the Authorization, Release and Affidavit of Applicant at the end of your application to verify the accuracy and truthfulness of the information. Please mail or deliver your completed application and payment of $150 (made payable to the WSBA) to:

Limited License Legal Technician Board
Washington State Bar Association
1325 4th Ave, Ste 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539

Verifying Passage of the Certifying Examination

Provide an original certificate verifying passage of the NALA Certified Paralegal Exam OR the NFPA Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) OR the NALS Professional Paralegal Exam by contacting the certifying organization and requesting that the organization reissue your certificate of passing the exam. Please provide an original of the reissued certificate. 

Verifying Active Certification

Provide an original document verifying your active certification as a Certified Paralegal OR PACE Registered Paralegal OR Professional Paralegal by contacting the certifying organization and requesting that the organization submit to you in writing verification of the date of (re)issuance of your certification and the expiration date of your certification. Provide the original verifying letter or document from the certifying organization to the WSBA. A copy of your certificate card will not suffice as proof.

Verifying Substantive Law-Related Experience

For each supervised position, obtain a signed Declaration of Supervising Lawyer from the lawyer. The lawyer must have been actively licensed at the time of supervision.  You must submit the original signed Declaration of Supervising Lawyer with your application. Contact the WSBA at (206) 727-8289 for further instructions if your supervising lawyer is deceased or incapacitated.

Confirmation Email

You will receive an email receipt shortly after filing your waiver application indicating whether your application is approved or denied. If your application is denied, you will also be notified of your right to request review of the denial as provided in Regulation 4: Limited Time Waiver.

*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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Final Deadline to Apply for a Waiver
Application for waiver due in WSBA office December 31, 2016

Expiration Date of Approved Waivers
Approved waivers will expire December 31, 2018

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