Updated: Dec. 28, 2017

The educational requirements to become a legal technician are:

  1. Associates degree or higher in any subject
  2. Core Curriculum: 45 credits at an approved paralegal program including specific prerequisites
  3. Practice Area Curriculum at University of Washington School of Law (live webcast)

LLLT Core Curriculum

LLLTs must possess, at minimum, an Associate Level Degree (any AA degree or any 4+ year degree will fulfill this requirement) and 45 credits of core curriculum education at an approved program. Minimum credit requirements must be met in seven focus areas:

  • Civil Procedure, minimum 8 credits.
  • Contracts, minimum 3 credits.
  • Interviewing and Investigation Techniques, minimum 3 credits.
  • Introduction to Law and Legal Process, minimum 3 credits.
  • Law Office Procedures and Technology, minimum 3 credits.
  • Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis, minimum 8 credits.
  • Professional Responsibility, minimum 3 credits.

Additional credits to beyond these minimum requires to total 45 may be fulfilled by taking legal electives.

Five Washington colleges offer paralegal programs approved for the LLLT Core Curriculum:

Any other ABA approved paralegal program can provide the education necessary to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement.

How do I enroll in the Core Curriculum Education? 
Please see the websites of the colleges listed above for class listings and enrollment information. Paralegal program directors at each school can advise you which courses you should take to fulfill the LLLT core curriculum requirements.

Please contact lllt@wsba.org for questions about the prerequisite classes.

Practice Area Curriculum

The LLLT Practice Area Curriculum provides the detailed knowledge of a specific practice area that legal technicians will need to practice law. The curriculum is offered at the University of Washington and is co-taught by law professors and practicing attorneys. Currently there one LLLT practice area — family law.

The Family Law Practice Area Curriculum consists of three quarters of classes in family law. The classes are taught via live streaming and are attended remotely.  

To qualify to take the Practice Area Curriculum, you must have a limited time waiver or have completed credits in these focus areas:

  • Civil Procedure, minimum 8 credits.
  • Interviewing and Investigation Techniques, minimum 3 credits.
  • Introduction to Law and Legal Process, minimum 3 credits.
  • Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis, minimum 8 credits.
  • Professional Responsibility, minimum 3 credits.

You may take the Contracts and Law Office Procedures and Technology credits before, during, or after taking the curriculum. 

To enroll in the Practice Area Curriculum, you must submit an Enrollment Form to the WSBA. We will verify completion of your prerequisites and provide the link to register for the Practice Area Curriculum.

When is the LLLT Practice Area Curriculum Offered?

Family Law I is offered in the fall quarter and must be taken before moving on to Family Law II or Family Law III. Family Law II and III are offered in the winter and spring quarters.

Currenlty, classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6–8:30 p.m. All classes are attended remotely. 

How much do the LLLT Practice Area Curriculum classes cost? 

The cost of each class is $1,250, due by the first day of class. The total cost of the Practice Area Curriculum is $3,750. At this time, these classes are not available for financial aid through UW. Some students have paid for their tuition with private funds from scholarships or student loans.  

Free CLEs for LLLT Practice Area Curriculum students

LLLT Practice Area Curriculum students may take continuing legal education courses through the WSBA for free. Contact LLLT@wsba.org to find out more.


*Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations adopted 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.