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, 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.
The LLLT Board
The Limited License Legal Technician Board has ongoing authority to adopt policies for the administration of the LLLT license and to recommend and develop practice areas under authority granted by the Washington Supreme Court under Rule 28 of the Admission and Practice Rules (APR).
Become a Legal Technician
Find out how to get a LLLT license, including education, examination and experience requirements.
Rules and Regulations Update
In February 2018, the LLLT Board filed suggested amendments to APR 28, the LLLT RPC and the RPC for lawyers for consideration by the Washington Supreme Court. These amendments would enhance the scope of the current family law practice area.
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:
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
- May 11, 2018: The Path Forward for the Legal Technician Model
- May 4, 2018: Only Relatively Rich Can Afford a Lawyer
- April 13, 2018: Legal Technicians Belong In Courtrooms
- March 29, 2018: Legal Technician Profession Gains Interest
- June 29, 2018: How the Access-to-Justice Crisis Affects Small Business Owners
- July 18, 2018: Can't Afford a Lawyer
- 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
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.