Updated: March 14, 2018

Law Students


Many people prepare for a career as a lawyer by earning a Juris Doctor (J.D.) at a law school. In Washington, they can also study to be a lawyer through the Law Clerk Program. In addition, there are two other licensed legal practice careers in Washington, Limited License Legal Technicians and Limited Practice Officers. The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) serves law students by providing resources, and by administering the Law Clerk Program and Rule 9 Licensed Legal Intern licensing.  WSBA also administers the Washington exams for all license types.  

Resources for Law Students

As a law student, you're part of the legal profession. We offer resources for law students and new attorneys starting their legal career. Whether you're looking for a position, contemplating a non-traditional legal job, or want to be involved in the legal community, resources and assistance are available every step of the way.

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.