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"A paralegal is a person, qualified through education, training or work
experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of
legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer.
This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office,
governmental agency or other entity or may be authorized by
administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work.
"Legal assistants, also known as paralegals, are a distinguishable group
of persons who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services.
Through formal education, training and experience, legal assistants have
knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and
procedural law which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the
supervision of an attorney."
In 2001, NALA adopted the ABA's definition
of a paralegal or legal assistant as an addition to its definition.
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