LLLT Education and Application Process

All applicants for licensure as an LLLT must meet certain requirements and take and pass the LLLT examination.

Education

To apply, you must complete the following education requirements:

  1. An associate level degree or higher,
  2. 45 credit hours of core curriculum through an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program, and
  3. Practice area courses with curriculum developed by an ABA approved law school

Core Curriculum Requirement

To satisfy the 45 credit hours of core curriculum requirement, you must take the following seven courses at an ABA approved legal studies program:

  1. Civil Procedure, minimum 8 credits,
  2. Contracts, minimum 3 credits,
  3. Interviewing and Investigation Techniques, minimum 3 credits,
  4. Introduction to Law and Legal Process, minimum 3 credits,
  5. Law Office Procedures and Technology, minimum 3 credits,
  6. Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis, minimum 8 credits, and
  7. Professional Responsibility, minimum 3 credits.

The completed courses must add up to the minimum credit amount. If the required minimum credits completed in the courses listed above do not total 45 credits, you may earn the remaining credits by taking legal or paralegal elective courses at an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program

The Board has established specific topics, or core course components, that must be taught in each course for an applicant to satisfy this requirement. No ABA approved program currently teaches all of the core course components. The Board has met with representatives from community colleges from around the state of Washington regarding developing and implementing the core course components statewide. The Board hopes to implement the core curriculum by Fall 2014 at the latest.

Given the fact that current courses do not necessarily meet all of the core components, the Board is working on solutions for those students who have already completed the specified core courses at an ABA approved legal studies program. Sometime in 2014, the Board will make announcements regarding how to satisfy the core curriculum requirement if you are in the process of or have already completed these courses at an ABA approved program.

Practice Area Requirement

In each practice area in which you want to be licensed, you must complete course credits in the defined practice area. The family law courses were developed by representatives from all three ABA approved law schools in Washington State: Gonzaga University, Seattle University, and the University of Washington. Learn more about how to enroll in the family law courses.

Limited Time Waiver

Applicants may also apply for a limited time waiver that provides a partial education waiver for certified or registered paralegals who have ten years of substantive law-related experience. The education waiver will waive the following education requirements: (1) an associate level degree and (2) 45 credits of core curriculum. To qualify for the waiver, you must provide proof that you have:

  1. Passed the Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam conducted by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) OR the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) conducted by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) OR the Professional Paralegal (PP) Exam conducted by NALS, the Association for Legal Professionals
  2. Active certification as a Certified Paralegal with NALA OR as a PACE Registered Paralegal with NFPA OR as a Professional Paralegal with NALS; and 
  3. Completed 10 years of substantive law-related experience supervised by a licensed lawyer within the 15 years preceding the application for the waiver. 

Approved waiver applicants must complete the practice area courses prior to applying for admission in a defined practice area. Applicants may apply for a limited time waiver until December 31, 2016.

Applying for the LLLT Examination

After you complete all education requirements, you may apply to take the LLLT examination beginning in Winter 2015. The first licensing examination will be held in March 2015. The LLLT examination consists of two parts: (1) a core curriculum examination and (2) a practice area examination. Applicants for initial licensure must pass both exams. For more information on the exams, review Regulation 8

Those who pass the examination will be eligible for licensure provided they meet all pre-licensure requirements set forth in Regulation 10B, including completing 3,000 hours of substantive law-related experience supervised by a licensed attorney. The Board is currently developing the examination. More information regarding how to prepare for the exam will be announced in 2014.

*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.

Practice Area Courses Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the practice area education requirement

LLLT Limited Time Waivers

Learn about how to waive certain education requirements through Dec. 31, 2016.

LLLT Family Law Courses

Learn how to enroll in the LLLT family law courses