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
The Washington Supreme Court has entered an Order adopting amendments to the Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 28 enhancing the scope of the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) domestic relations practice area. The Supreme Court also adopted conforming amendments to the LLLT Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) and the lawyer RPC. Amendments will become effective upon publication. The LLLT Board will develop mandatory supplemental education due to the changes in the permitted scope of practice for LLLTs.
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.
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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
- 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
- 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
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.