Definition - What does Paralegal mean?

A paralegal is a person who works as an assistant to a lawyer or to a law office. Paralegals have some training and education in law, but they are not licensed to practice law.

Paralegals typically perform tasks that help attorneys, but are never responsible for arguing a case or representing a client in a trial.

Justipedia explains Paralegal

Some of the work that paralegals handle includes preparing paperwork, analyzing depositions and answering interrogatories. They do this work in order to lessen the workload on the attorney and to speed up the process. Essentially, attorneys hire paralegals so that they don't have to do every single thing themselves.

Paralegals are typically paid much less than licensed attorneys. It is common for many paralegals to pursue a law degree and to become lawyers after their work as paralegals.

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