Limited Practice Officers
LPO Exam Information
Part of the application process for becoming a licensed limited practice officer is passing the LPO exam. The exam is given twice a year in both Seattle and Spokane. It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, two to four essay questions, and a problem section in which a sample closing transaction is completed. Four hours are allotted for the exam.
The next exam will be held Monday, April 3, 2017.
The deadline to apply for the April exam is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.
Applicants should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of real property law, real estate law, APR 12 and regulations, and the LPO Rules of Professional Conduct. Applicants also will be tested on their selection, preparation, and completion of the required forms for a closing transaction.
If you have questions, please contact LPO@wsba.org.
Find the LPO Application Packet in the right column of this page. Review the instructions and resources in the application memo. The application may instruct you to use a separate form to report specific information. Find the form in "Forms 1-6" posted in the right column.
There is a $200 application and exam fee due when the application is submitted to the WSBA.
Carefully review the application and ensure all answers are complete and accurate. You may need to seek records at the courts or produce documentation to complete the application. We encourage you to complete and submit your application early in the registration period, particularly if there are disclosures to review.
All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to the limited practice of law in Washington state. The practice of law is a privilege, not a right. Answering “yes” to any question does not automatically disqualify an applicant. Answering completely and honestly is most important. Determining good moral character and fitness to practice is determined by evaluating each applicant's cumulative history as a whole; an isolated incident in an applicant’s past generally does not raise concerns. The application information is verified and evaluated for issues that raise a substantial question regarding the good moral character and fitness of the applicant. (See also APR 20 - Character and Fitness Definitions and APR 21 – Factors considered.)
Do I have to list my divorce as a civil action?
Yes. Complete form 3.
If I got a speeding ticket and it was dismissed, do I have to report it?
Yes. Complete form 5T for any traffic tickets received.
I was caught shoplifting as a teenager, do I have to report it?
Yes. Complete form 5 with as much information as you can provide.
To withdraw your application, please contact the WSBA at LPO@wsba.org. If you withdraw at least 14 days prior to the exam, the examination portion of your application fee ($100) will be refunded. The $100 administrative fee will not be refunded. If you withdraw within 14 days of the exam, no portion of your application fee will be refunded.
Please make an appointment with an approved provider for fingerprinting. See approved providers here.
You should receive a separate confirmation letter with details regarding the time and location of the exam. If you fail to receive your confirmation letter two weeks prior to the exam, please contact the WSBA at LPO@wsba.org.
We recommend that you review and understand the suggested study topics thoroughly to assist you in preparing for the exam.
A course on the fundamentals of Washington real estate law is offered by the Rockwell Institute.
Please note that this information is provided as a courtesy only; courses are not endorsed by the Limited Practice Board or the WSBA.
Successful applicants and exam statistics
Instructions and Information – please print for reference and study.
Application – fillable PDF.
Supplemental Pages – complete and print only the pages necessary.
View a list of suggested study topics for the LPO exam (included in the application packet).
Review APR 12 and other LPO rules and regulations here. Access approved forms here.
Note: The Board suggests close study of a real estate law textbook in addition to a prep course and in-office training on form selection and preparation.
Spring Exam: April 3, 2017
Applications due at WSBA office by 5 p.m., Feb. 3, 2017.
Applications accepted Dec. 1, 2016–Feb. 3, 2017.
Fall Exam: Oct. 2, 2017
Applications due at WSBA office by 5 p.m., Aug. 4, 2017
Applications accepted June 1–Aug. 4.
Exam time: 1–5 p.m.
Seattle testing location:
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle
Spokane testing Location:
2010 S. Assembly Road, Spokane
© 2017 Washington State Bar Association, all rights reserved.