In New York, document review jobs are very common. In fact, there are probably more people doing reviews in a given day than people working for a law firm or heading a solo practice. Document review is labor intensive and there are usually many attorneys needed to go through the documents by hand, so multiple attorneys are often needed for one project. The industry has changed because these people used to be employed by law firms. Now, the contacts are being outsourced.
If you are an attorney looking to take on extra work as a document reviewer, or if you want to take on the contract position full-time, here are a few things you need to do.
Because of the intense nature of the work, it is usually never just one person going through documents when a document review is needed. It is usually up to 60 different lawyers working together and documenting items that are needed. When a recruitment firm is tasked with finding attorneys for a law firm, it is a process that happens quickly, so it’s important for you to be prepared.
According to The Goodkind Group, a document review project that needed multiple attorneys came in on a Friday and by Monday, they had people coming in for interviews and training for the project began the very next day.
When entering the world of document review, it’s important to be prepared for any sudden projects, but you also need to be available and reachable to recruitment firms or law firms who outsource their document review work. Make sure you are familiar with www.theposselist.com, which sends an email blast out to people who tend to do document review projects. It announces the project, explains the rates, and if you approve, sends your resume along to the law firm for instant review. If you are not a part of this system, you will miss out on a majority of the contracted opportunities that come about.
Focus on the Right Job
When you first start working in law, don’t worry about what is going to happen in the first year of your career if you don’t have anything lined up. Worry about the fourth, fifth, and tenth year of your career. Take the opportunity and consider the first three or four years to be all about learning as much as you can. During this learning time, you may come to love document review, or you may not—either way, don’t worry about the money or the status of your job. Instead, focus on where you can get your foot in the door, where you can gain experience and where you can learn the most
If you work on documenting in the beginning of your career, then you will be able to turn to a potential client and say with complete confidence, “I know exactly how to handle your case confidently”, and convey that emotional sense of security to the client and secure the business that way.
Make Personal Connections
When it comes to document review, most recruitment firms and attorney-focused recruiters will bypass the interview stage as the projects usually happen too quickly for them to be effective or possible. Instead, they will look at qualified attorneys who have passed the bar and a background check. But in order to get to that stage where you are even considered, you need to make connections, and personal connections are the most effective. When you meet someone in person, you can convey a sense of confidence and reliability and develop a relationship that can ensure you continue to get document review jobs from multiple different sources.
If you are an attorney looking to take on contract work, or a law firm looking for trusted document reviewers or other contracted attorney work, contact The Goodkind Group. You can reach us at 212-378-0700 or visit our website to learn more about our services.