paralegal

[par-uh-lee-guhl]
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:
1970–75; para-1 + legal

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paralegal (ˌpærəˈliːɡəl)
 
n
1.  a person trained to undertake legal work but not qualified as a professional solicitor or barrister
 
adj
2.  of or designating such a person

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paralegal
1972, from para- (q.v.) + legal (assistant).
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Example sentences
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.
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