Limited License Legal Technician Program in Family Law
Washington State was the first to create a Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) role in legal assistance. The LLLT rule authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law.
The LLLT role was created to increase access to legal services, particularly in certain practice areas with high demand. The first identified high-demand practice area is family law. The University of Washington School of Law began offering a Family Law Course Curriculum during the 2013-14 school year. The first cohort completed the Family Law Course Curriculum in the Fall 2014. The second cohort completed the curriculum in the Spring 2015.
Seven members of the first group passed the first Legal Technician exam administered by the Washington State Bar Association on May 11, 2015.
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
- 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.
UW Law will host the second program offerings of Family Law courses during the 2014 - 2015 academic year. The three course curriculum consists of:
- Family Law I offered in Autumn term
- Family Law II offered in Winter term
- Family Law III offered in Spring term
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 2015 (September 29 – December 8, 2015) 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.
The UW School of Law recommends a minimum downstream bandwidth speed of 1500Kbps (1.5Mbps) for participation in an Adobe Connect session. If you are unsure of what your bandwidth speed is, please contact your Internet service provider. Adobe provides a speed and compatibility test at the site linked below to verify that your hardware meets the minimum specifications. Please note that the Adobe Connect Add-in (step 4) is not required nor is it necessary for participation.
Registration Process for Family Law LLLT Courses
Visit the WSBA web site to learn how to enroll in the LLLT family law courses for Autumn Quarter 2015.
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
To Enroll in Family Law Courses for Autumn Quarter 2015 Enrollment form or application for waiver due at WSBA Office: September 7, 2015, by 5 p.m.
Register with the UW: registration will be open beginning August 10, 2015.
Orientation for the entire program of LLLT Family Law Courses will take place in Seattle at the University of Washington School of Law on Saturday, September 19, 2015, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The final deadline to apply for a waiver with the WSBA is December 31, 2016. Approved waivers will expire December 31, 2018.
LLLT Family Law Program Tuition
Tuition for the 2015-2016 Family Law LLLT Program will be $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.
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