A Unique Option for Affordable Legal Services
Washington is the first state in the country to offer an affordable legal services option to help meet the needs of those unable to afford the services of a lawyer. A limited license legal technician, also known as a legal technician or a LLLT, is licensed by the Washington Supreme Court to advise and assist people going through divorce, child custody, and other family law matters in Washington. Look for other practice areas to be approved in the future.
Legal technicians consult with and advise clients, complete and file necessary court documents, assist pro se clients at certain types of hearings, and advise and participate in mediation, arbitration, and settlement conferences. They also help with court scheduling and support clients in navigating the legal system. LLLTs are well trained, experienced, and competent legal professionals who may be able to provide you with the legal help you need.
Recent Amendments to APR 28 and LLLT Rules of Professional Conduct
On May 1, 2019, the Washington Supreme Court adopted amendments to APR 28, Appendix APR 28 regulations, the LLLT RPC and the lawyer RPC. These amendments, which expand the LLLT scope of practice, are effective when published, which was on June 4, 2019. However, as permitted by Appendix APR 28 Regulation 3C, the LLLT Board is requiring all LLLTs to complete supplemental education prior to engaging in the expanded scope permitted by these amendments. LLLTs must complete the supplemental education by Feb. 1, 2021 in order to maintain their LLLT license.
LLLT Supplemental Education
The required supplemental education about the LLLT scope enhancements is now available for purchase through the WSBA CLE Store. The education sessions are open to only LLLTs and individuals who have completed or are enrolled in the UW family law courses.
In-Person Education Sessions
The in-person sessions are taking place on Aug. 2-3, 2019, at the WSBA offices in Seattle. The cost for the two-day event is $350. If you are only able to attend one of the days, you can do so for $199 and attend the other day the next time the course is offered. Coffee, tea, water, snacks and lunch will be provided. The agenda is as follows:
Friday, Aug. 2, 2019
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019
Court Orders and Court Assistance
9:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Admin. Child Support Hearings
This course will be offered once more in early 2020.
Online Education Sessions
In addition to the in-person sessions, there will be a series of five two-hour sessions online. They will be in the same format as the family law courses through the University of Washington; however, the UW will be using Zoom software instead of Adobe. These sessions will be on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning July 17, 2019. The cost for the series of sessions is $199. After purchase, a link to access the sessions will be emailed to you. The deadline to purchase prior to the live session is 4 p.m. the prior day (e.g., if you want to attend live on July 17, purchase by 4 p.m. July 16; if you cannot attend live July 17 but want to attend live July 24, purchase by 4 p.m. July 23). Attending the sessions during the live presentation is encouraged. If you cannot attend at the scheduled time, a link to a recording of the session will be available once all 5 sessions have concluded. Please email Rachel Konkler at LLLT@wsba.org for the link to the recorded session. The schedule for the live online sessions is as follows:
July 17, 2019
July 24, 2019
Major Parenting Plan Modifications
July 31, 2019
Nonparental Custody Actions
Aug. 7, 2019
Protection & Restraining Orders; Communicate/Negotiate with Opposing Party/Counsel
Aug. 14, 2019
Real Property Division
Rules and Regulations
The LLLT Board
The Limited License Legal Technician Board has ongoing authority granted by the Washington Supreme Court, under APR 28, to adopt policies for the administration of the LLLT license and to recommend and develop new practice areas.
Become a Legal Technician
Find out how to get a LLLT license, including education, examination and experience requirements.
New Practice Area Under Consideration
The LLLT Board is studying a new proposed practice area for legal technicians. Known as Consumer Money and Debt Law, this proposed practice area is designed to provide the public with economic protection and legal assistance on certain financial matters and consumer debt issues.
Learn more on our FAQ page.
Opportunities for Colleges to Provide the LLLT Core Curriculum
Colleges may apply to the LLLT Board to offer the legal technician core curriculum. If your college is interested in applying, please review the following:
- Approval Standards
- Approval Policies and Procedures
- Approval Application
- Required course content for core curriculum
Program applications should be mailed to the WSBA or emailed to LLLT@wsba.org.
In the News — Media coverage of Washington's Legal Technician License
- Nov. 27, 2018: Seattle University Law Review Law by Non-Lawyers: The Limit to Limited License Legal Technicians Increasing Access to Justice
- Nov. 19, 2018: Legal Technicians Step In To Fight Justice Gap
- Sept. 6, 2018: Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow the access-to-justice gap?
- July 25, 2018: Who Accesses Justice? The rise of limited license legal technicians
- July 25, 2018: Framing the Paraprofessional Debate - Views from both sides of the fault line
- July 24, 2018: Radio Episode #27: Limited License Legal Technician
- July 18, 2018: Can't Afford a Lawyer
- June 29, 2018: How the Access-to-Justice Crisis Affects Small Business Owners
- May 11, 2018: The Path Forward for the Legal Technician Model
Please Note : All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to practice law in Washington. Factors considered by Admissions staff and Bar Counsel when determining whether an applicant should be referred to the Character and Fitness Board are set forth in Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR) 20-24.2(a).
Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington 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.