Updated: June 15, 2020

UPDATE: The Washington Supreme Court recently sent us a letter stating that it has decided to phase out issuing new LLLT licenses and would allow those in the pipeline to become licensed through July 31, 2021. You can also find Justice Madsen’s letter in dissent here.

At its meeting on June 8, the LLLT Board determined that it will seek review of this decision. The LLLT Board will be requesting the Court reconsider its decision or at a minimum allow more time for the LLLT candidates to complete the licensing requirements. We will update the website when we have more information.

In the meantime, WSBA staff will continue working with students and LLLT candidates to understand their individual timelines and provide more information on deadlines and requirements.  If you are seeking information on your pathway please email lllt@wsba.org.

If you would like to make comments to the Supreme Court about this decision, you can email the Supreme Court at supreme@courts.wa.gov.

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.

Diploma Privilege Granted for Summer Bar Exam

On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Washington Supreme Court issued an order stating “applicants for admission to practice law who are currently registered for either the July or September 2020 bar examination and who have received a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school, and applicants currently registered to take the LLLT examination scheduled for July 2020, are granted the option of receiving a diploma privilege to practice in Washington.”

All qualified applicants who are currently registered for the July 2020 LLLT exam will receive diploma privilege.

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 online 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 Family Law courses. The in-person course will be offered once more in 2020. Contact LLLT@wsba.org for more information.

Limited License Legal Technicians who have completed the mandatory supplemental education on the enhanced scope of practice, as required by the LLLT Board:

Alicia Ann Degon (#131LLLT)

Almira Dawn Severin (#121LLLT)

Angela K. Wright (#103LLLT)

Barbara G. Esselstrom (#105LLLT)

Christine Camper (#129LLLT)

Christine M. Carpenter (#113LLLT)

Christine Marie Downing (#139LLLT)

Cindy K. Stewart (#106LLLT)

Deborah Ann Aubrey (#112LLLT)

Dianne Balch Loepker (#132LLLT)

Fabian Fereshtehfar (#110LLLT)

Janis Kipp (#141LLLT)

Jeanne Marie Barrans (#114LLLT)

Jeffrey Allen Kinstler (#108LLLT)

Jennifer Leigh Petersen (#104LLLT)

Jennifer Ortega (#118LLLT)

Kellie W. Dightman (#116LLLT)

Kimberly Anne Lancaster (#109LLLT)

Laura Genoves (#122LLLT)

Lorena G. Mendoza (#140LLLT)

Marya Christine Noyes (#123LLLT)

Melodie J. Nicholson (#115LLLT)

Michelle M. Cummings (#101LLLT)

Michelle Anne White (#126LLLT)

Patricia Reutimann, (#125LLLT)

Priscilla A. Selden (#102LLLT)

Renee Elizabeth Janes (#134LLLT)

Rory Hardy (#143LLLT)

Sarah Bové (#124LLLT)

Sherri R. Farr (#133LLLT)

Stacey L. McKee (#137LLLT)

Tamara Michelle Garrison (#120LLLT)

Tracy Swanlund (#117LLLT)

Vanessa E. Ridgway (#119LLLT)

Updated March 17, 2020

 

And a special shout-out and sincere thank you to all who served as instructors for the LLLT supplemental education. We could not have done this without you!

Bethany Allen

Hon. Doug Federspiel

Doug Shepherd

Gail Hammer

Jacqueline Jeske

Jennifer Petersen

Jill Mullins

Hon. Jonathon Lack

Nancy Ivarinen

Nancy Koptur

Terry Price

Hon. Timothy Ashcraft

 

Rules and Regulations

APR 28

LLLT Rules of Professional Conduct

Rules for Enforcement of Limited License Legal Technician Conduct

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 an LLLT

Find out how to get a LLLT license, including education, examination and experience requirements.

New Practice Areas Under Consideration

The LLLT Board is studying two new proposed practice areas for LLLTs:

Eviction & Debt Assistance

This proposed practice area is designed to provide legal assistance for low and moderate income people who are facing certain housing and financial matters and other problems which contribute to consumer credit problems, and those seeking economic protection or assistance with legal financial obligations.

Administrative Law

This proposed practice area is designed to provide a legal assistance option for pro se parties that appear in administrative hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

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

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.