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01 Jan 2009 5:16 p.m. PST
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Inquisitor Thaken Inactive Member01 Jan 2009 3:56 p.m. PST

Anybody know how to break into this line of work? I understand there are firms that give you assignments and let you write/review over the web.


quidveritas Inactive Member01 Jan 2009 7:49 p.m. PST

I wish you well,

but frankly most contracts are boiler plate which means they don't get reviewed very often. A responsible attorney needs to do the final review in most jurisdictions. I often have law clerks or even my daughter review initial drafts. I still have to do the final review.

It would be a pretty big outfit that needs someone to do this kind of stuff full time.


nycjadie Inactive Member01 Jan 2009 8:30 p.m. PST

I'm not sure where you live, but in the U.S. it used to be quite easy to break into discovery review and rack up lots of hours and free meals. Now it's quite difficult unless you know people. There are two main ways to break into document review. First is through a recruiter. In New York, there are many legal recruiters that specialize in this type of thing. Second is to go directly to the big firms. As many of the big firms are laying people off right now, it's going to be extremely difficult to break into this type of thing. Further, much of this work is being handled by "staff attorneys". If you already have paralegal experience, you might consider using your contacts and marketing your special talents. If not, it's going to be an uphill battle. There are so many experienced people out of work that do this type of thing that it will take ages to get a placement.

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