Limited License Legal Technician Licensing and Admission
On June 4, 2020, the Washington Supreme Court decided to sunset the LLLT program. Since then, many subsequent decisions have been made by the Court to allow as many LLLT candidates as possible to complete all licensing and admission requirements by the deadline, which is now July 31, 2022. Currently licensed LLLTs and any new LLLTs who meet the deadline to be licensed will continue to be licensed after the sunset.
Therefore, you must have already completed the LLLT family law courses in order to qualify to apply for the LLLT exam. Only the LLLT family law courses qualify; other family law courses not designed for LLLT practice do not qualify.
Planning Guidance for LLLT Candidates
All requirements for admission as a LLLT must be complete by July 31, 2022. Several modification to the rules have been made in order to assist candidates in being able to be admitted by the deadline.
- Complete and provide proof of core education by no later than 18 days prior to the exam you plan to take.
- Complete and provide proof of LLLT family law courses by no later than 18 days prior to the exam you plan to take.
- Complete and provide proof of passing a general paralegal knowledge exam by no later than July 31, 2022.
- Complete and provide proof of 1,500 hours of substantive legal experience by no later than July 31, 2022.
Upcoming LLLT Exam Dates with Latest Deadline to Complete Education
|LLLT Examination Date||Deadline to Complete Education|
|Feb. 22, 2021||Fall Quarter 2020 — Core Education and LLLT Family Law Courses|
|July 26, 2021||Spring Quarter 2021 — Core Education and LLLT Family Law Courses|
|Jan. 25-26, 2022 ||Fall Quarter 2021 — Core Education (and LLLT Family Law Courses)|
|May 3-4, 2022 ||Winter Quarter 2022 — Core Education (and LLLT Family Law Courses)|
Limited License Legal Technician License Requirements
There are three key requirements to be licensed as a legal technician: education, examination, and experience.
- Have an Associate's degree or higher, in any subject
- Complete the Core Education: 45 credits of legal studies courses that must be taken at a school with an ABA-approved or LLLT Board-approved paralegal program or at an ABA-approved law school. Must include the following subjects:
- Civil Procedure, minimum 8 credits
- Contracts, minimum 3 credits
- Interviewing and Investigation Techniques, minimum 3 credits
- Introduction to Law and Legal Process, minimum 3 credits
- Law Office Procedures and Technology, minimum 3 credits
- Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis, minimum 8 credits
- Professional Responsibility, minimum 3 credit
- Paralegals with 10 years or more experience: You may qualify for a waiver of the the core education and AA degree.
- LLLT Family Law Practice Area Education: Provides detailed knowledge of the Family Law practice area.
There are three examinations to pass to become a LLLT.
- General Paralegal Exam
The following paralegal knowledge and skills exams are approved by the LLLT Board. The Bar must receive proof of passing the exam by July 31, 2022.
- Paralegal Core Competency Exam (PCCE) conducted by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
- Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam conducted by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
- Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) conducted by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
- Professional Paralegal (PP) Exam conducted by the Association for Legal Professionals (NALS)
- Certified Legal Professional (CLP/PLS) Exam conducted by the Association for Legal Professionals (NALS)
- LLLT Practice Area Examination: Tests knowledge of the LLLT scope of practice in family law.
- LLLT Professional Responsibility Examination: Tests knowledge of LLLT Rules of Professional Conduct.
Both LLLT exams are administered by the WSBA. You may apply for the LLLT exams after completing the family law courses and the core education or during the family law courses or core education as long as you provide proof of completing the all core and family law courses at least 18 days prior to the exam. See the LLLT Examination page for more information about the LLLT exams.
- Obtain 1,500 hours of substantive law-related work experience as a paralegal or legal assistant supervised by a lawyer prior to licensing.
- Experience must be acquired no more than three years prior to passing the LLLT Practice Area exam and must be completed by July 31, 2022.
Note : Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington 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.