Practice Area Courses Frequently Asked Questions

What is the practice area education requirement?

Do I need to take the family law courses if I wish to be licensed as an LLLT in family law?

How do I qualify to enroll in the family law courses?

When will the family law practice area courses be offered?

Do I need to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to enroll in the courses?

I don't live in King County. Can I still enroll in the family law courses?

What is a live webcast?

What technology do I need to stream the family law courses?

How much will the courses cost?

Do I have to pay all of the tuition up front for the academic calendar year?

How do I enroll in the family law courses for academic calendar year 2014-2015?

Can I begin taking the family law courses out of sequence?

What if I don't want to licensed in family law? Will other practice areas be announced soon?

What is the practice area education requirement?

As set forth in Admission to Practice Rule (APR) 28D(3), you must complete course credits in each defined practice area in which you want to be licensed. The curriculum for each practice area course must be developed by or in conjunction with an ABA approved law school. The requirements for these courses are established by the Board in Regulation 3 of Appendix APR 28.

Do I need to take family law courses if I wish to be licensed as an LLLT in family law?

Yes. To qualify for licensure as an LLLT in domestic relations, you must complete 15 credit hours of domestic relations courses: 

  • 5 credit hours in basic domestic relations subjects and
  • 10 credit hours in advanced and Washington specific domestic relations subjects. 

The family law course topics were developed in conjunction with all three Washington State law schools:  Gonzaga University School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington (UW) School of Law. 

How do I qualify to enroll in the family law courses?

You can qualify to enroll in the family law courses in one of three ways:

  1. Have a paralegal degree or certificate from an ABA approved program and a minimum 23 credit hours of paralegal or legal studies courses earned at an ABA approved paralegal program, OR
  2. Complete the following prerequisite core courses at an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program:  Civil Procedure; Interviewing and Investigation Techniques; Introduction to Law and Legal Process; Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis; and Professional Responsibility, OR
  3. Have an approved application for waiver of education requirements for licensure as Limited License Legal Technician.

When will the family law practice area courses be offered?

Applicants for licensure in domestic relations are required to complete three five-credit courses. Students must complete Family Law I before taking either Family Law II or III. The courses will be offered only once for academic calendar year 2014-2015 at UW Law School. Enroll now for the 2014-2015 academic calendar year beginning Fall Quarter 2014.  

Do I need to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to enroll in the courses?

No. The LSAT is not required to apply to the LLLT practice area courses.

I don’t live in King County. Can I still enroll in the family law courses?

Yes. The courses will be offered in a streaming format by webcast, meaning you may attend the courses in person or remotely.

What is a live webcast?

Just like attending a live class in person, you will attend the webcast at a scheduled time, only you will do it from your computer. A webcast includes real-time video and audio of the professor, slides, and downloadable written course materials, plus real-time discussion (interactive chat) with the professor and other online attendees, facilitated by a moderator. The moderator will be a second professor who will be co-teaching the course.

What technology do I need to stream the family law courses?

If you are unsure whether your computer system is compatible with the UW webcast, test your system. You may also want to contact the Information Technology Department at the UW if you have further questions regarding compatibility issues and solutions.

How much will the courses cost?

Tuition for the family law courses is $250 per credit. It is estimated the tuition for one academic calendar year will be $3,750, not including other expenses such as books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation (if necessary). The figures are subject to change.

Do I have to pay all of the tuition up front for the academic calendar year?

No. Tuition will be due on a quarterly basis. For each quarter, the tuition will be approximately $1,250. Tuition is due prior to the first day of classes.

How do I enroll in the family law courses for academic calendar year 2014-2015?

To enroll in the family law courses for academic calendar year 2014-2015, you must:

  1. Submit an Enrollment Form based on your education at an ABA approved legal studies program. 
  2. Submit an Application for Waiver of Education Requirements.

Please mail or deliver your waiver application or enrollment form to:

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

Learn more about how to enroll in the courses now.  You must submit your enrollment form or waiver application by September 10, 2014 to enroll in the classes.

Can I begin taking the family law courses out of sequence?

No. The family law courses must be taken in sequence beginning with Family Law I.

What if I don’t want to be licensed in family law? Will other practice areas be announced soon?

Yes. Additional practice areas for LLLTs will be approved by the Supreme Court within the next year or two. Once an additional practice area is approved, new practice area courses will be developed. Continue to check the LLLT Board webpage for the most current information.

*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

LLLT Family Law Courses

Enroll now in the LLLT family law courses for Fall Quarter 2014

LLLT Education and Application Process

Learn how to qualify to apply for the LLLT license

LLLT Limited Time Waivers

Learn about how to waive certain education requirements through Dec. 31, 2016.