A paralegal is a legal assistant. Paralegals don't have to go to law school, but they do have special training to help lawyers.

The prefix para is used for something that is separate from the word it’s next to but still related to it. A paraprofessional, for example, helps other professionals, like teachers, but isn’t actually a teacher. Paralegals are not lawyers, but they assist lawyers by doing research, filing paperwork, gathering materials, and providing whatever else lawyers need to do their jobs. Without paralegals, the job of a lawyer would be a lot tougher.

Definitions of paralegal
  1. noun
    a person with specialized training who assists lawyers
    synonyms: legal assistant
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    type of:
    a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional
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