Paralegal Program 

Limited License Legal Technician



TCC offers Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Core Curriculum required by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). The LLLT license allows holders to provide limited legal advice in family law. The state Supreme Court endorsed the license on Sept. 1, 2012, making Washington the first state that authorizes this profession.

This rule authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients in approved practice areas of law. Applicants for licensure as a LLLT must meet certain education requirements, in addition to taking exams and completing 3,000 substantive-law work hours under the supervision of an attorney.

The TCC LLLT training is part of the ABA-approved Paralegal program. Students can earn their Paralegal degree or Pro-Certificate while satisfying the LLLT Core Curriculum required by the WSBA. Contact Program Chair Jennifer Sorensen for questions.

Core Curriculum Requirements

To satisfy the 45 credit hours of core curriculum requirement, you must take:

  • the required courses at an ABA approved legal studies program.
  • 8 credits of any other PLST courses offered at TCC
  • All PLST Courses must be completed with a “C” or higher.

The Tacoma Community College Paralegal Program is an ABA approved program, which qualifies for the 45 credit hours of core curriculum.

Civil Procedure, minimum 8 credits

Contracts, minimum 3 credits
Interviewing and Investigation Techniques, minimum 3 credits
Introduction to Law and Legal Process, minimum 3 credits
Law Office Procedures and Technology, minimum 3 credits
Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis, minimum 8 credits
Professional Responsibility, minimum 3 credits


TCC Paralegal Program

The TCC Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association. The program offers both degree and certificate options to those interested in pursuing a career in the legal services field and providing services under the supervision of an attorney.

Associate of Applied Science

An associate degree program designed to prepare students for a career as a paralegal or legal assistant.

Paralegal Pro-Certificate

Designed for those who already possess an associate or bachelor degree and wish to enter the legal services profession. 

Limited License Legal Technician Preparation Certification

A 45-credit certificate for those who already possess an associate or bachelor degree, which satisfies a required step (the LLLT Core Curriculum) by the WSBA for LLLT.

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