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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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The trainors compose the Farmer Paralegals Provincial Project Management Team Members of DAR and some are graduates of the University of the Philippines (UP) Law Center First Combined Foundation and Advanced Certificate Course of the Paralegal Training Program on the Philippine Legal System and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Laws, Rules and Procedures (PTP - CARP).
The Paralegal Mastery: Legal Technology program and the Paralegal Mastery: Legal Research program.
UC Irvine Extension has a long history of delivering top-notch paralegal training with courses and curriculum designed by an esteemed advisory board consisting of attorneys, judges and paralegals.
Noida (Uttar Pradesh), July 17 ( ANI ): Signalling a paradigm shift in the process of learning, Amity University and Indian Academy of Law and Management (IALM) have inked an MoU to jointly introduce a course on professional paralegal certification for the first time in India".
Our discussion then moved to how a legal department can get the most benefit from paralegals, and Roellig provided some more tips.
This article analyzes the obligation to appropriately supervise paralegals established by Rule 5.
Courses are available from ILEX with City and Guilds, the National Association of Licensed Paralegals and the Institute of Paralegals.
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.
Paralegal specialists and paralegals have been a mainstay in the Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps since World War II.
The aim is to raise standards and make improvements for the public, paralegals and solicitors.
It bolsters recent Institute efforts to give paralegal volunteer advisers access to existing pro bono programs; the Institute's work with various government agencies on enhanced rights for paralegals and the Institute/New York Paralegal Association joint creation of transatlantic paralegal competency standards for firms with offices in both jurisdictions.
Following numerous unsuccessful attempts to gain a recognised legal status, the so-called paralegals have now decided to form a pressure group in the form of the NNPPC.