Definition of paralegal in English:


Line breaks: para|legal
Pronunciation: /parəˈliːg(ə)l
North American


  • Relating to auxiliary aspects of the law.
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    • 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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  • 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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