Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT)
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The Washington Supreme Court adopted the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rule, effective September 1, 2012. This rule authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law.
WSBA’s role is to maintain the high standards set for the legal profession while serving as the regulators of this new rule. The goal is to ensure quality implementation aimed at supporting WSBA members and upholding protection of the public. There is no other state with a similar LLLT rule. This rule provides Washington the opportunity to lead the nation in expanding legal services for the people of our state.
With the rule, the Supreme Court established the LLLT Board to administer the program. In late December 2012, the Supreme Court appointed the first LLLT Board, which includes several non-attorneys and a legal educator. The Board's charter for the first year is to begin creating and drafting the operational details for the LLLT program. This includes regulations for professional conduct, exam procedures, continuing education requirements, and disciplinary procedures.
The LLLT Board began its work in January 2013. As one of its first actions, the Board recommended family law as the first practice area in which to license LLLTs, which the Supreme Court unanimously approved in March 2013.
The LLLT Board is expected to begin accepting applications for the licensing examination in March 2015 and begin licensing of LLLTs in Spring 2015.
On August 18, 2014, the LLLT Board submitted to the Supreme Court suggested amendments to APR 28. See the GR 9 cover sheet and suggested amendments to APR 28. The purpose of the suggested amendments is to provide for the efficient administration of the program and to clarify one issue related to the LLLT's scope of practice.
On August 18, 2014 the LLLT Board submitted to the Supreme Court suggested LLLT Rules of Professional Conduct (LLLT RPC). See the GR 9 cover sheet and the suggested LLLT RPC. The primary purpose of the LLLT RPC is to establish the ethical conduct rules for practicing LLLTs. The Court will publish the proposed rules for a 60-day comment period beginning soon. Please check the Court's website for when the comment period will begin.
Questions about the LLLT program should be directed to Thea Jennings, LLLT Program Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refer to this page for updates on the status of the LLLT program.
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.
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