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paralegal

n. a non-lawyer who performs routine tasks requiring some knowledge of the law and procedures, employed by a law office or who 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 paper work in probates of estates, divorce actions, bankruptcies, investigations, analyzing depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories, 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.

paralegal

noun assistant, law assistant, legal addinistrative assistant, legal document assistant, legal assistant, legal technician

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. In England and Wales there is a high-level profession of LEGAL EXECUTIVE.
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Orlik said she learned of a demand for paralegal classes after surveying and interviewing local high school students.
The paralegals are available for many tasks, including research, report writing, deposition summaries and most common legal duties.
Green said if you have a paralegal in your firm or corporation you believe is deserving of the honor, submit a letter of recommendation nominating your paralegal for this award.
At the launch last week, Dr Janet Brown, chief executive of the SQA, said: "I'm delighted that through this joint agreement we will be able to offer thousands of people working as paralegals this opportunity to prove their professionalism while having the reassurance that they will gain qualifications that are robust and nationally-recognised.
A paralegal who is familiar with your files can maximize your firm's productivity and minimize costs--without interrupting the continuity of your work.
The paralegals undergo a series of training based on four modules: pillars of the criminal justice system, rights of the accused, criminal procedures and basic criminal law.
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