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Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT)

July 20, 2017 4:22 PM | Michelle Granger (Administrator)

The Washington Supreme Court adopted the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rule, effective September 1, 2012. This rule authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law. Family law is the first practice area in which licensed LLLTs will be used. The LLLT requires that applicants meet a certain set of criteria which consist of having an associate level degree or higher, 45 credit hours of core curriculum through an ABA approved law school or ABA approved paralegal program and practice area courses with curriculum developed by an ABA approved law school. In addition, in order to obtain the LLLT designation, it would also be necessary to take a special exam consisting of a core curriculum exam and a practice area exam. Currently there are sixteen (16) practicing LLLT's and they can be found on the Washington State Bar Association's website under the Limited License Legal Technician Program tab. Further information can be found in two recent articles from the Fall 2016 edition of the National Paralegal Reporter, "How It Began, Where Is It Going. Limited License Legal Technician" by Hosun Lee and "Limited License Legal Technicians: Justice Gap Pioneers" by Angela D. Masciulli, ACP, MPA. All articles are reprinted by permission from The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.,


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