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*The term paralegal is used interchangeably with the term legal assistant. Paralegal has been used throughout this document to maintain consistency in terminology.

What are paralegals? Where do they work? What do they do? 

The American Bar Association recognizes and formulated guidelines for the utilization of paralegals. Although there are several formal definitions of a paralegal, in general, a paralegal is a specially trained individual who performs substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts. Paralegals either work under the supervision of an attorney, who assumes professional responsibility for the final work product, or work in areas where lay individuals are explicitly authorized by statute or regulation to assume certain law-related responsibilities.

Our mission statement
To advance, foster, and promote the paralegal profession by providing a statewide voice for paralegals.

Educational Standards and Professional Responsibility Guidelines

The Alliance has developed Educational Standards and Professional Responsibility Guidelines for Paralegals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These are recommended by the Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law by Resolution adopted March 8,1995.


Goals

The goals of the Alliance are:

  1. To maintain a statewide communications network among its paralegal associations and other members of the legal community.
  2. To monitor developments in the profession.


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