UW School of Law will offer the next series of three LLLT family law courses, Family Law I-III, for academic calendar year 2015-2016. You must take Family Law I before taking either Family Law II or III.

How to Enroll in the Family Law Courses

You can qualify to enroll in the family law courses in two ways:

  1. Submit an Enrollment Form based on your education at an ABA approved legal studies program. 
  2. Submit an Application for Waiver of Education Requirements.

Enrollment Forms Based on ABA Approved Legal Studies Program

If you have attended an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program, you may submit an Enrollment Form if you have completed one of two options. Read instructions on how to submit your enrollment form.  

Option 1: Paralegal Degree and Minimum 23 Core Credits

Submit an Enrollment Form with an original, sealed transcript if you have both:

  1. Completed a paralegal degree or certificate at an ABA approved paralegal program AND
  2. A minimum of 23 credit hours of paralegal or legal studies courses earned at an ABA approved paralegal program.

Option 2: Prerequisite Course Completion

Submit an Enrollment Form with an original, sealed transcript if you have completed the following prerequisite courses at an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program:

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

Courses must add up to the minimum credit amount.

Enrolling with an Approved Application for Limited Time Waiver

If you have an approved limited time waiver, you qualify to enroll in the family law courses. To qualify for the waiver, you must provide proof that you have each of the following:

  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 lawyer within the 15 years preceding the application for the waiver.

*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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Final Deadline to Apply for a Waiver
Application for waiver due in WSBA office December 31, 2016

Expiration Date of Approved Waivers
Approved waivers will expire December 31, 2018

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