paralegal
para·le·gal /ˌpar-ə-'lē-gəl/ adj: of, relating to, or being a paraprofessional who assists a lawyer compare clerk 2b
paralegal n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

paralegal
n.
A person with some legal training who assists an attorney in preparing cases, documents, and other legal tasks.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


paralegal
a person who assists a fully enrolled or admitted lawyer. The scope of activity varies from place to place but often the paralegal can have substantial client care contact, be heavily involved in drafting standard documents and actively liaise with the professionals in progressing court actions.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


paralegal
A person who does legal work but is not licensed to practice law or give legal advice. Paralegals employed by a law office often handle the routine tasks and paperwork of a law practice. Independent paralegals (those who work directly with the public, not for lawyers) assist their customers by providing forms, helping people fill them out correctly, and filing them with the proper court.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


paralegal
1 n. A person not licensed to practice law, who assists a lawyer in a variety of tasks associated with a law office.
2 adj. As in "The assistant performed paralegal activities."

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


paralegal
Also, legal assistant. A person with legal skills who works under the supervision of a lawyer.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

paralegal
n.
   a non-lawyer who performs routine tasks requiring some knowledge of the law and procedures and who is employed by a law office or works free-lance as an independent for various lawyers. Usually paralegals have taken a prescribed series of courses in law and legal processes, which is much less demanding than those required for a licensed attorney. Paralegals are increasingly popular, often handling much of the paperwork in probates of estates, divorce actions, bankruptcies, investigations, analyzing depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories and procedural motions and other specialized jobs. Clients should be sure that the hourly rate charged for paralegals is much less than that for the attorneys.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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