Updated: May 15, 2024

Washington Law Component Test

In order to be licensed by the Washington Supreme Court to practice law as a lawyer in Washington, you must successfully pass the Washington Law Component (WLC). The purpose of the WLC is to educate new lawyers in Washington about areas of law that are unique to Washington law or that are substantially different from the law tested on the Uniform Bar Exam. The WLC minimum pass score is 80%. The WLC includes 15 outlines on various subjects of law specific to Washington. There are 60 multiple-choice questions to be answered in four hours, with access to the materials while taking the test.

The WLC is self-administered by applicants and is available to applicants through the online admissions site after filing the application and paying the application fee.

Lawyer Bar Exam applicants must pass the WLC within 40 months of passing the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Admission by Motion and UBE Transfer applicants must pass the WLC within one year from the date of filing the application.  Please reference the admissions policies for more detailed information.

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You will be able to access the test from your online admissions account after you submit your application and pay the application fee.

Questions about the Washington Law Component should be directed to admissions@wsba.org or 206-727-8209.

Note : Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington Supreme Court, or the Bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, Bylaws and policies.