APR 6 Law Clerk Program

The Admission to Practice Rule (APR) 6 Law Clerk Program is an alternative to law school, which could qualify you to take the Washington state bar examination pursuant to the requirements of APR 3 (b) Qualifications for Bar Examination. It is a four-year program designed to provide theoretical, scholastic, and clinical experience through a combination of work and study with an experienced lawyer or judge.


To qualify to apply for the program you must have good moral character, a bachelor's degree, and regular paid employment in Washington state with a lawyer or judge who has at least 10 years of active experience who will be the primary tutor. You must find your own employment. Neither the WSBA nor the Law Clerk Board can assist you in finding an employer/tutor. Employment is a requirement to apply for the program and an important component of participation the program; you must hold qualifying employment with the tutor when you apply. Employment offered contingent upon enrollment in the program is not acceptable.

To Apply
Please note: New application process

  1. Read the APR 6 Rules and Regulations Pamphlet to assure the law clerk and tutor applicants are eligible. 
  2. Access the Application Packet, complete and send with the $100 application fee by the appropriate deadline.
  3. WSBA may contact you for additional information and/or assign an individual Board member to meet with you before the Board's review.
  4. You will be notified of the Board's decision within one week after the Board's meeting.

Application Due

Board Review

Program start date

January 2

March meeting (date TBD)

April 1

July 1

September meeting (date TBD)

October 1

APR 6 Law Clerk Program Application materials

Advanced standing, foreign credentials

When you apply, you may petition for Advanced Standing in the program based on law school courses completed. The courses may be from either an approved or unapproved law school, but only law school courses may be considered. Neither undergraduate or paralegal courses, nor employment experience may be considered. If you have completed undergraduate studies and/or law school in a foreign country, you should provide an education credential evaluation report. 


The Law Clerk Board makes determinations on enrollment and Advanced Standing in the program. If you are enrolled, you must pay a $1,500 fee each calendar year. The Law Clerk Board and WSBA staff monitor participation in the program but the law clerk and tutor study independently as they complete the course of study required by the regulations. The law clerk must spend a minimum of 32 hours each week performing the duties of a law clerk, which includes work and study. The tutor is required to give at least three hours each week of personal supervision to the law clerk, which includes exposition and discussion of the law, the recitation of cases, and the critical analysis of the law clerk's written assignments.


You do not earn a a J.D. degree by completing the Law Clerk Program and the program is not accredited by the American Bar Association. It meets the requirements for admission to the practice of law in Washington State only and may not satisfy requirements for admission in other states; admission requirements are established on a state by state basis. For more information about other state’s requirements, contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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.

Questions about the Law Clerk Program?

Email Michael Hurley at michael.hurley@wsba.org.
Or call 206-727-8326; toll-free 800-945-WSBA, ext. 8326

Law Clerk Program Rules and Regulations - Click here to view

Additional Resources

Assistant Tutor Application
See regulations for information about assistant tutors

Tutor's Monthly Certificate
To be completed by the tutor and submitted by the 10th business day after each month of study

Jurisprudence Reading List 
Three reports due for each year of study. To request additions to the list, submit a written request to the Law Clerk Board.