Next LPO Examination
Date of Exam
|July 23, 2018|
|Location (main site)||The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center|
|Applications Accepted Beginning||Feb. 1, 2018|
|Application Filing Deadlines|
March 5, 2018 (timely filing)
April 5, 2018 (with late filing fee of $100)
|Exam Results Posted for the Public||TBD|
Other LPO Exam Dates
Feb. 25 and July 22, 2019 (please see application instructions for details)
LPO Exam Requirements
To become a Limited Practice Officer (LPO), you must be at least 18 years old and pass the LPO examination. The LPO examination consists of three sections, a multiple choice test, an essay test and a performance test in which a sample closing transaction must be completed. The examination is scheduled to last four hours. The minimum passing standard for the examination is 75% for each section, and all applicants must pass all three sections. In all cases, you must establish that you possess good moral character and the requisite fitness to practice law.
Preparing for the Exam
Applicants should have a thorough understanding and knowledge of real property law, real estate law, the LPO scope of practice and conditions to render LPO services as set forth in Rule 12 of the Washington Supreme Court's Admission and Practice Rules (APR) and the Washington Supreme Court's LPO Rules of Professional Conduct (LPORPC) before applying for the LPO examination. We recommend that you review and understand the suggested Study Topics thoroughly to assist you in preparing for the exam. One recommended technique is to have a real estate law textbook available and assure you can respond to each question or statement, looking up any answer you don't know.
Applicants will also be tested on their selection, preparation and completion of the required forms for a closing transaction. Generally applicants have supervised in-office training on the forms.
You may wish to take a paralegal course in real property law, real estate law, real estate education courses, and additional seminars related to escrow and title to supplement your knowledge. Note that only taking an LPO examination prep course within a month of the LPO examination is generally not sufficient to prepare you to pass the LPO examination. Please study multiple sources to prepare for the LPO examination.
A course on the fundamentals of Washington real estate law is offered by the Rockwell Institute.
Books that you may find helpful include:
- "The Complete Guide to Washington Real Estate Practices," Fourth Edition, by Alan Tonnon. Available from amazon.com or from the Law Offices of Alan Tonnon; 425-451-0130, ext. 3020.
- "Washington Real Estate Law," by Alan Tonnon. Available from the Law Offices of Alan Tonnon; 425-451-0130, ext. 3020.
- "Washington Real Estate Law," by Kathryn Haupt and David Rockwell. Available from Rockwell Institute; 800-221-9347.
LPO exam refresher courses are offered by:
- The Escrow Association of Washington. They offer an LPO online study course. They also sell LPO Flash Cards.
- Washington Professional Seminars. Contact Fred Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-946-7530
- Some community colleges may also offer courses on real estate, escrow, etc. Contact your local community college to find out.
Please note that this information is provided as a courtesy only; books and courses are not endorsed by the Limited Practice Board or the WSBA.
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.