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Record 1 1985-05-27


Subject field(s)
  • Legal Profession: Organization

For many years, experienced legal secretaries have been completing probate forms, preparing deeds, and drafting corporate charters and bylaws for lawyers, lay employees of title companies have been doing searches, and lay employees in government have been answering questions on the meaning of statutes and regulations. Only since the mid-1960's, however, has the occupational classification of paralegal, or legal assistant, been recognized. ... Some paralegals are supersecretaries or glorified file clerks, but many are performing tasks that lawyers typically have done. Paralegalism has developed because there is a great deal of legal work that can be done by nonlawyers working under lawyer supervision. If lawyers are true to the professional principle that lawyering is more than a money-getting trade, the employment of paralegals should result in the furnishing of legal services less expensively than otherwise would be the case. Indeed, the development of paralegalism could be the key to providing legal services for middle- and low-income people who presently are priced out of the market.


  • Organisation de la profession (Droit)


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