Definition of paralegal in English:


Syllabification: par·a·le·gal
Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈlēɡ(ə)l
North American


A person trained in subsidiary legal matters but not fully qualified as a lawyer.
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  • Much work had been equivalent to that carried out by trainee solicitors or paralegals.
  • Sometimes lawyers use paralegals and law clerks to help research a case.
  • The firm's New York City office has approximately a hundred and fifty employees - attorneys, paralegals, administrative staff, typists, secretaries and receptionists.


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Of or relating to auxiliary aspects of the law.
More example sentences
  • Some of the dozen or so outsourcing companies that have sprung up over the last decade in India focus on low-level paralegal work - keeping track of filing dates and document reviews.
  • Christian Action, another organisation providing shelter and paralegal advice to migrant maids in need, handled 14,600 consultation cases in 2003 and another 5,000 so far this year.
  • Rebecca Miller is paralegal consultant for the United Nations Drug Control Program's Regional Center for East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok.

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