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Welcome to Oakton College's Research Guide for Paralegal Studies. This guide is designed to get you started in your coursework and assignments.
The goal of the Paralegal Studies program is to train students to work in paralegal or legal assistant roles in a variety of legal settings such as law, business, or government offices.
What is a Paralegal?
According to the American Bar Association,
"A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by
education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a
lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and
who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a
lawyer is responsible."
Source: American Bar Association. American Bar Association. ABA. 2008. Web. 13 July 2011.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.