Updated: Dec. 8, 2017

Become a Legal Technician

Legal technicians are trained and licensed to offer legal advice and counsel clients in family law matters without the financial investment of a traditional law degree. This flexible legal license allows legal technicians to work independently, in groups with other LLLTs, or as part of a traditional law firm. It's a great fit for those who love the law and want to help people but are unsure about going to law school. It is also a great fit for experienced paralegals (see the limited time waiver) who would like to work independently or start their own business as a LLLT. LLLTs are the only legal professionals other than lawyers who are licensed to give legal advice and own law firms. 

The Washington Supreme Court directed the WSBA to develop and administer the LLLT license as part of the effort to make legal services more available for people with low or moderate incomes. Becoming a legal technician is a great way to be a part of a pioneering effort to make legal services available to everyone.

Can I Become a Legal Technician?

There are three key requirements that must be met before applying to be licensed as a legal technician: education, examinations, and experience.

Education Requirements

  • Associates degree or higher
  • Core Curriculum: 45 credits at an approved paralegal program 
  • Practice Area Curriculum at University of Washington Continuing Education Program (live webcast)

Examination Requirements

  • Paralegal Core Competency (PCC) Exam
  • LLLT Practice Area Exam
  • LLLT Professional Responsibility Exam

Experience Requirement

  • 3,000 hours working as a paralegal or legal assistant doing substantive legal work supervised by a licensed attorney

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.