Washington Paralegal Requirements & Resources

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Washington Paralegal Requirements & Resources

Becoming a Paralegal in Washington

Like several other states, Washington has not created a regulatory agency to oversee the paralegal profession nor has it issued minimum standards for those wishing to become a paralegal.

Presenting Ex Parte Fillings
Washington paralegals enjoy a unique privilege in that some counties allow them to present ex parte filings in their county court systems. Throughout the nation, this is a power customarily reserved to licensed attorneys.  In order to present these filings to the court, paralegals must register with their county court or local County Bar Association.

The participating county court systems through which Washington paralegals may register for the ability to present ex parte filings are:

  • King County
  • Pierce County
  • Snohomish County
  • Spokane County

Paralegal County Court Registration
To inquire about the county registration process you may contact the bar association in each county listed below:

Professional Paralegal Associations

NALS of Washington
NALS Of Washington was organized in 1964 and is a chartered state association of NALS, a nonunion, nonpartisan, and nonprofit association. We offer legal education and professional enhancement at various locations around the state throughout the year.

Washington State Paralegal Association (WSPA)
The Washington State Paralegal Association (WSPA) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1975 to support and promote the paralegal profession, and to provide a forum for addressing the paralegal needs, interests and responsibilities in the State of Washington.

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