Legal Assistant Registration Card
The KCBA Legal Assistant Registration card allows Legal Assistants to check out court files from the King County Clerk’s office in accordance with King county Local Rule 79(d)(4)(A); use the King County Law Library; and present agreed and/or ex parte orders as authorized under King County Local Rule 54(f).
KCBA defines Legal Assistant as an inclusive term for legal assistants, paralegals, and legal paraprofessionals, employed by a single attorney or firm, or contracting with several firms—so long as 50% or more of their work is non-clerical. KCBA defines non-clerical work as investigative and information gathering activities, and dealing with clients directly in a professional and ethical manner under the supervision of an attorney.
An Employed Legal Assistant works as an employee, or a contract legal assistant, for only one law firm, administrative agency, or corporation. While, the term Contract Legal Assistant works for more than one law firm, administrative agency, or corporation for more than six months.
KCBA requires that a Legal Assistant hold a degree, or certificate of completion, from a legal assistant program, or from an ABA accredited school. If a Legal Assistant does not have that education background, KCBA accepts registrations from Legal Assistants who have equivalent college education and/or work experience in the legal field and have recently completed at least two Continuing Legal Education courses, including one course on ethics and one course in your legal area of practice. You will have to provide written verification of your attendance.