a non-lawyer who help lawyers in their legal work, often with some form of specialised legal training; an employee of a law firm who assists lawyers with various tasks but is often not qualified as a lawyer She's a paralegal and works for a firm of solicitors in Swansea.
- (US) legal assistant
- A legal secretary is not necessarily a paralegal and vice versa.
- The duties of paralegals who work in the public sector usually vary by agency.
- She studied for 2 years before becoming a certified paralegal.
- As a paralegal he does most of his work in the office and law library.
- The former paralegal became a lawyer at the firm.
- She worked part-time as a paralegal.
- He took a paralegal course through the mail.
- Paralegals are generally not qualified to give advice, their role should be restricted to providing support to qualified lawyers.
- Corporate paralegals often assist attorneys with employee contracts, shareholder agreements, stock-option plans, and employee benefit plans.
- Litigation paralegals analyze legal material for internal use, maintain reference files, conduct research for attorneys, and collect and analyze evidence for agency hearings.
- In the US, the term legal assistant is used interchangeably with paralegal.