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paralegal

[par-uh-lee-guh l] /ˌpær əˈli gəl/
noun
1.
an attorney's assistant, not admitted to the practice of law but trained to perform certain legal tasks.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to a paralegal or paralegals:
a paralegal career.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; para-1 + legal
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Examples for paralegal
  • Their experts are trained to weed out excesses, such as billing for paralegal staff rather than cheaper clerks for menial tasks.
  • She worked as a paralegal, then as part of a video-production team.
  • The older humanities student returning for a paralegal certificate is someone who has wised up.
  • He became so good at submitting his claims that he obtained a paralegal certificate along the way.
  • Bird also has extensive experience as a paralegal, primarily in the areas of divorce and family law, bankruptcy and estate law.
  • She plans to continue working as a reference librarian and took paralegal courses to help with her legal research in her job.
British Dictionary definitions for paralegal

paralegal

/ˌpærəˈliːɡəl/
noun
1.
a person trained to undertake legal work but not qualified as a professional solicitor or barrister
adjective
2.
of or designating such a person
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Word Origin and History for paralegal
paralegal
1972, from para- (q.v.) + legal (assistant).
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