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Paralegal Studies at Oakton

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.  Visit the link below to learn more.

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.


Welcome to Oakton Community College's Research Guide for Paralegal Studies. This guide is designed to get you started in your coursework and assignments.  Navigate this guide using the MENU TABS. If you have a smartphone, you can scan the QR code on the right for the mobile version of this guide.  Please see a librarian if you need additional help.


Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

Erin Brockovich

Trailer from the movie Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts in an award-winning role portraying the legal assistant. Length: 2:33

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