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Legal Technicians

A New Option to Expand Access to Legal Services

Washington is the first state in the country to offer an affordable legal support option to help meet the needs of those unable to afford the services of an attorney. Legal Technicians, also known as Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT), are trained and licensed to advise and assist people going through divorce, child custody and other family-law matters in Washington.

Think of them like nurse practitioners, who can treat patients and prescribe medication like a doctor. Licensed Legal Technicians bring a similar option to the legal world, making legal services more accessible to people who can’t afford an attorney. While they cannot represent clients in court, Legal Technicians are able to consult and advise, complete and file necessary court documents, help with court scheduling, and support a client in navigating the often confusing maze of the legal system.

It’s an opportunity for Washington to lead the nation in expanding legal services for all.

See the frequently asked questions for more information.

Recent News in the LLLT Program

Rule Changes

On June 3, 2016, the Supreme Court adopted amendments to APR 28, the rule that governs the LLLT license:


LLLTs are now eligible to receive discounts on select products and services through the Washington State Bar Association.

Expansion of LLLT Core Curriculum

Pursuant to changes in APR 28 C, D, and Regulation 3 which were recently approved by the state Supreme Court, institutions may apply to offer the LLLT core curriculum. If your school is interested in applying, please review the following documents: 

Applications should be sent to the LLLT Program Lead at the WSBA

*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.

Legal Technician Directory

A complete listing of legal technicians licensed and practicing in Washington

Information for Prospective LLLTs

Requirements for LLLT licensure

Information for LLLTs

Limited License Legal Technician Board

Board policies, rules, meetings, and contact information

In the News

Media coverage of Washington's Legal Technician Program


Please send questions to LLLT@wsba.org 
or call 206-727-8289.