Updated: Jan. 18, 2018

Experience Requirement for Legal Technician License

The LLLT license requires 3,000 hours of substantive law-related work experience supervised by a licensed lawyer prior to licensing. 

When should I complete my experience requirement?
The experience must be acquired within a six-year window; no more than three years prior to or after passing the practice area examination.

What is “substantive law-related work?”
“Substantive law-related work” means work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not necessarily, performed by a lawyer. Supervising attorneys must fill out and sign declarations attesting to the hours. Most paralegal jobs include substantive law-related work, whereas law firm jobs related more to office management or reception may not. Talk to your supervising attorney about whether or not your work meets this definition and whether the attorney will attest to your hours by signing the Declaration of Supervising Lawyer.

How do I find a supervising attorney?
Most people find supervising attorneys through their workplace. Internship and volunteer hours are also ways to satisfy the experience requirement. There is no limit to the number of attorneys who may supervise you or the number of declarations you may submit.

*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.