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Announcement: Limited License Legal Technician Board

The Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Board derives its authority from the Washington State Supreme Court under Rule 28 of the Admission to Practice Rules (APR), adopted effective September 1, 2012.

APR 28 authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise clients on specific areas of law, which have yet to be determined.

With the rule, the Supreme Court established the LLLT Board to administer the program. The LLLT Board began its work in January 2013.

One of the first orders of business for the LLLT Board has been to pick a practice area that it would recommend to the Court. The Board made that decision at its first meeting on Jan. 30, selecting family law as the recommended first area to which to apply the rule. That recommendation will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for approval.

The Board's charter for the first year is to begin creating and drafting the operational details for the LLLT program. This includes regulations for professional conduct, exam procedures, continuing education requirements, and disciplinary procedures.

As a result, the LLLT Board also decided to create an aspirational timeline and have the first practice area ready for testing within a year. To help accomplish this goal the LLLT Board has divided the work into several subcommittees. Those subcommittees are:

  • Admission and Licensing,
  • Scope and Forms,
  • Examination, RPC and Discipline, and
  • Education and Outreach.