Not at all
In Portugal you go to college (Law School) and then you apply for the Portuguese Lawyer's Order. You pay around 1350€ for 6 months of extenuating classes, you do 3 exams and if you pass, you spend the next two years as an apprentice, working (but not getting paid) at a law firm so you can learn everything about being a lawyer (mostly you learn how to make coffee and answer phones...). In the end you have to take 6 written exams and one oral exam. If you pass, you are a lawyer. If you don't...well, you can always try again next year (and pay another tuition), but if you fail again you have to wait two years before you enroll again.
Sorry, I was clearly writing a novel instead of giving you a straight answer xD
What exactly does a paralegal do? We don't have that in Portugal but I always considered being a paralegal as a nice way to go if I ever decided to leave Portugal and go to the US.