Limited Time Waiver Frequently Asked Questions

About the limited time waiver

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?

Substantive law-related experience

What does "substantive law-related experience" mean?

What does "supervised" mean?

What if my supervising lawyer is deceased or incapacitated?

Application procedures

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?

Practice area course credits

Will I still be required to complete the practice area course credits?

When will the family law practice area courses be offered?  

After you file a waiver application

What can I do if you deny my waiver application?

What happens if I request review of denial of my waiver application?

Waiver information

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?

What is a “limited time 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.

Which education requirements will be waived by the limited time waiver?

An approved limited time waiver will waive the following education requirements:

  1. a minimum associate-level degree; and
  2. 45 credits of core curriculum at an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program.

How do I qualify for a limited time waiver?

To qualify, 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 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 NALS Professional Paralegal; 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. 

What does “substantive law-related experience” mean?

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.

What does “supervised” mean?

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.

What if my supervising lawyer is deceased or incapacitated?

If a lawyer who supervised you is deceased or incapacitated, contact the WSBA at (206) 727-8289. Further instructions will be provided.

How do I apply?

To apply for the limited time waiver, you must:

  1. complete the application for limited time waiver,
  2. pay the $150 waiver application fee,
  3. provide an original certificate verifying passage of the NALA Certified Paralegal Exam OR the NFPA PACE Exam OR NALS Professional Paralegal Exam,
  4. provide documentary proof of your active certification as a Certified Paralegal OR PACE Registered Paralegal OR Professional Paralegal, 
  5. for each supervised position, provide a signed Declaration of Supervising Lawyer, and
  6. provide a signed and notarized Waiver Authorization, Release and Affidavit of Applicant (found on page 5 of the application).

How do I provide proof of passing one of the certifying exams?

Contact the certifying organization and request that the organization reissue your certificate of passing the exam. Please provide an original of the reissued certificate. 

How do I provide proof of active certification?

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.

How do I provide proof of substantive law-related experience?

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.

If my waiver application is approved, will I be licensed as a limited license legal technician?

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.

Will I still be required to complete the practice area course credits?

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.

When will the family law practice area courses be offered?

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. Enroll now for academic calendar year 2014-2015.

What can I do if you deny my waiver application?

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.

What happens if I request review of denial of my waiver application?

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.

How long is the limited time waiver application period?

Applications for waiver will be accepted until December 31, 2016.

Will my approved limited time waiver expire?

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.

What if I don’t want to be licensed in family law, can I still get a 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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

For Fall Quarter 2014 LLLT Family Law Courses
Enrollment form or waiver application due in WSBA office September 10, 2014
Register with UW by September 15, 2014

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

LLLT Family Law Courses

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Practice Area Courses Frequently Asked Questions

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Regulation 4 Limited Time Waiver

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