My dear, who do you think the results of legal research are directed to? I think I can spell it out for you. Legal research projects means attorneys are the paralegals' clients. You really need to do your homework before you post comments.
Quite true, attorneys can hire who they want to do legal research. They can also outsource it to India since all that is usually involved is an understanding of the law and the ability to do key word and/or boolean searches. But not anyone can pick up Lexis and do this, it does take some skill. But it is not practice of law or anything close to it.