Limited License Legal Technician Program in Family Law (LLLT)
Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT) advise and assist people going through divorce, child custody and other family-law matters in Washington. The LLLT program allows experienced paralegals or legal assistants to consult, advise and support clients in navigating the legal system without having completed a JD.
The LLLT role was created to offer affordable options for legal services, particularly in certain practice areas with high demand, and is a great way to be part of increasing accessibility to legal assistance. The first identified high-demand practice area is family law.
Applicants for the licensing examination must complete:
- An associate level degree
- 45 credits of core education requirements in legal studies at an ABA-approved law school or ABA-approved paralegal program or an educational institution with an approved LLLT core curriculum program
- Practice area courses in each practice area in which the applicant wishes to be licensed (currently these courses are in the area of Family Law)
Family Law Course Curriculum
The Family Law course curriculum was developed by a Family Law Curriculum Workgroup composed of representatives from Gonzaga University School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law.
The Family Law curriculum course requirements are as follows:
- 5 credit hours in basic domestic relations subjects
- 10 credit hours in advanced and Washington-specific domestic relations subjects.
The three course curriculum consists of:
- Family Law I offered in Autumn term, approximately September 26 – December 5, 2017
- Family Law II offered in Winter term, approximately January 4 – March 6, 2018
- Family Law III offered in Spring term, approximately March 27 – May 29, 2018
Students must take Family Law I first. They can take Family Law II or III in any order, but the classes are only offered once a year.
The Family Law LLLT program is designed to facilitate access. Classes will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Autumn Quarter 2017 accessible through distance learning using Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect allows distance learners to participate contemporaneously in class using moderated email chatting. Classes may also be available for viewing later for students unable to participate on certain occasions.
Visit the WSBA web site to learn how to enroll in the LLLT family law courses for Autumn Quarter 2017.
Upon qualification, the WSBA will provide the applicant with a URL to access the UW Law LLLT Family Law registration page. This UW Law registration will allow the applicant to access enrollment in the Family Law class, gather pertinent data necessary for a password to the course webpage and Adobe Connect website, and pay tuition for the program.
Important Dates and Deadlines
September 15, 2017, by 5 p.m.
Enroll in Family Law courses for Autumn Quarter 2017 Enrollment form or application for waiver due at WSBA Office:
August 25, 2017
Registration opened August 25, 2017.
September 16, 2017
Orientation for the entire program of LLLT Family Law courses is anticipated to take place in Seattle at the University of Washington School of Law on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
December 31, 2023
The final deadline to apply for a waiver with the WSBA is December 31, 2023. Approved waivers will expire December 31, 2025.
LLLT Family Law Program Tuition
Tuition for the 2017–2018 Family Law LLLT Program is $250 per credit.
Each 5-credit Family Law course will cost $1,250, not including university fees. Tuition in the amount of $1,250 is due by the first day of class.