paralegal

adjective para·le·gal \ ˌper-ə-ˈlē-gəl , ˌpa-rə- \
|Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of paralegal

: of, relating to, or being a paraprofessional who assists a lawyer

paralegal

play \ˈper-ə-ˌlē-gəl, ˈpa-rə-\ noun

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Much of the work in a law office can be done by paralegal assistants, also called legal aides or simply paralegals, who work alongside licensed lawyers. Often a paralegal is trained in a narrow field and then entrusted with it. In this respect, paralegals are similar to paraprofessionals in other fields, such as engineering. Paraprofessionals used to be trained in the office itself, but today it's common to study for a paraprofessional certificate or degree at a community college or university.

First Known Use of paralegal

1966

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paralegal

adjective para·le·gal \ ˌpar-ə-ˈlē-gəl \

legal Definition of paralegal

: of, relating to, or being a paraprofessional who assists a lawyer — compare clerk 2b

paralegal

noun


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