New Lawyer Education

A guiding principle of the WSBA is to promote the ethics, civility, professionalism and competency of the Bar and to advance the public's confidence in the legal system. Gearing up new lawyers quickly in their transition from law school to practice is the goal of New Lawyer Education (NLE).

NLE originated with a Supreme Court mandate in 2006 (see APRs 5 and 18), which requires all attorneys new to practice in Washington to complete a minimum of four hours of free education prior to their admission to the bar. Since then, the WSBA has expanded upon the "on-boarding" of new lawyers in their first four years of practice through a library of free and low-cost accredited programs tailored to new lawyers.

If you have questions or need additional information about any NLE programs, please contact WSBA's New Lawyer Education Program at 206239-2116 or


Recently Admitted to the Bar?

Learn more about how to complete the Preadmission Education requirement.

Register Today! Webcast Series: Criminal Law Practice for New Lawyers - 30% Discount when you register for all three! 

All programs are 8–10 a.m. Webcast only. 2.0 general credits. 

April 22nd: Setting Up Your Law Practice and Taking Your First Client

May 6th: Heading to Trial? Navigating Procedural Matters

May 20th: Preparing Yourself and Your Client for the Outcome of the Case

Be sure to look for upcoming CLE seminars and materials – at a reduced price for new lawyers! – in the WSBA Online Store.

Participate in a NLE Focus Group?

New Lawyer Education holds focus groups throughout the year to help in the planning and the development of future NLE program topics. Focus Groups topics vary and may change. Focus groups generally meet from 12–1:30 p.m. Below are the upcoming topics and dates. If interested, contact

Wednesday, April 9: Probate Fundamentals

Wednesday, April 23: Family Law & Dissolution

Wednesday, April 30: Evidence & Objection Fundamentals

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