Limited Time Waiver Information
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a "limited time waiver"?
Which education requirements will be waived by the limited time waiver?
How do I qualify for a limited time waiver?
What does "substantive law-related experience" mean?
What does "supervised" mean?
What if my supervising lawyer is deceased or incapacitated?
How do I apply?
How do I provide proof of passing one of the certifying exams?
How do I provide proof of active certification?
How do I provide proof of substantive law-related experience?
If my waiver application is approved, will I be licensed as a limited license legal technician?
Will I still be required to complete the practice area course credits?
When will the family law practice area courses be offered?
What can I do if you deny my waiver application?
What happens if I request review of denial of my waiver application?
How long is the limited time waiver application period?
Will my approved limited time waiver expire?
What if I don't want to be licensed in family law, can I still get a waiver?
For a limited time between August 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016, the Board will grant a waiver of specific education requirements set forth in Admission to Practice Rule (APR) 28D(3) that must be completed to apply for licensure as an LLLT. The limited time waiver will provide a means for entry into the new LLLT profession without completing all of the education requirements.
An approved limited time waiver will waive the following education requirements:
To qualify, you must provide proof that you have each of the following:
APR 28B(7) defines substantive law-related experience as “work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not necessarily, performed by a lawyer.” An applicant may obtain the experience in any practice area. Experience obtained outside of Washington State qualifies for the program.
Supervised means a lawyer personally directs, approves, and has responsibility for your work. APR 28B(8). An applicant may have more than one supervising attorney.
If a lawyer who supervised you is deceased or incapacitated, contact the WSBA at (206) 727-8289. Further instructions will be provided.
To apply for the limited time waiver, you must:
Contact the certifying organization and request that the organization reissue your certificate of passing the exam. Please provide an original of the reissued certificate.
Contact the certifying organization and request that the organization submit to you in writing verification of the date of (re)issuance of your certification and the expiration date of your certification. Provide the original verifying letter or document from the certifying organization to the WSBA. A copy of your certificate card will not suffice as proof.
For each supervised position, the supervising lawyer must complete a Declaration of Supervising Lawyer. The lawyer must have been actively licensed at the time of supervision. You must submit the original signed Declaration of Supervising Lawyer with your application for waiver.
No. If you have an approved limited time waiver, you will still need to apply for licensure as an LLLT when you qualify. At a minimum, you will still be required to complete the practice area courses before you qualify to apply for licensure. You will also be required take the qualifying examination prior to licensure.
Yes. For each practice area in which you wish to be licensed, you will be required to complete the required practice area courses. An approved limited time waiver immediately qualifies you to enroll in the practice area courses without completing required prerequisite legal studies courses. See our frequently asked questions regarding the practice area courses for further information.
Applicants for licensure in domestic relations are required to complete three five-credit courses. Students must complete Family Law I before taking either Family Law II or III. The courses will be offered only once for academic calendar year 2014-2015 at UW Law School. You must wait until Summer 2015 to enroll for academic calendar year 2015-2016. Learn more about how to qualify to enroll.
If your application is denied, you may request review by the LLLT Board chair. You must request review in writing, and mail or deliver your request to us within 14 days of the date of the notification of denial.
The LLLT Board chair will consider the WSBA’s denial of your waiver application if you request review. The chair will make the decision based on your application and your written request for review. You shall be provided written notification of the chair’s decision, which is not subject to review.
Applications for waiver will be accepted until December 31, 2016.
Yes. Approval of a limited time waiver application will expire on December 31, 2018. After expiration of the approval, any subsequent application for licensure must meet all of the standard requirements for licensure without waiver.
Yes. Additional practice areas for LLLTs will be approved by the Supreme Court within the next year or two. An approved waiver will apply to future approved practice areas provided you seek licensure before the expiration date of the waiver on December 31, 2018.
*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.
Final Deadline to Apply for a WaiverApplication for waiver due in WSBA office December 31, 2016Expiration Date of Approved WaiversApproved waivers will expire December 31, 2018
Learn how to qualify to enroll in the LLLT family law courses
Learn more about the practice area education requirement
The Waiver Application Packet includes:
Review the limited time waiver regulation
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