To be a successful attorney, an understanding of business documents and what they mean is critical. This is why most attorneys are already skilled in managed review. Managed review can be a great option for individuals who want to avoid the 60- to 80-hour workweeks that many full-time lawyers must put up with at a law firm.
But you don’t have to be an attorney to work in managed review. This is also a great option for paralegals and other litigation support personnel. In short, managed review professionals serve to help a company know what documents to turn over during litigation.
If you’re considering a career in managed review, you might find it helpful to have a better understanding of what a managed review professional does. Here’s a look at the career and what you can expect.
Day-to-Day Responsibilities in Managed Review
A managed review professional is responsible for reviewing electronic documents, including PowerPoint presentations, emails, letters and more to evaluate what your company must legally turn over for litigation purposes. A common reason for this is when there is a discovery request during legal proceedings.
The subject matter of such litigation can vary from an employee dispute to a regulatory issue. Previously, managed review careers meant spending your days sifting through paper after paper. Given the digitization of work now, you can instead expect to spend your time at a computer going through databases.
In addition to going through documents, you will also work to code documents and organize them accordingly. Once coded, you’ll place the documents on a litigation database. The document coding and organization will be based on relevance to the proceedings.
Another key aspect that managed review professionals take part in is ensuring confidentiality is upheld. Even if you’re required to turn over the document for litigation purposes, you should require an access log and keep up with who has viewed the documents and why.
The role is extremely important for companies because failure to produce documents related to a case can result in higher fines or larger settlement payouts.
How to Get into a Managed Review Career
Managed review roles come in a variety of forms. You can start your career in managed review by taking on a short contract position for a law firm or company seeking short-term help. By reviewing documents and learning how the process works, you can prepare yourself for a full-time position.
If you’re working to make a switch from your current career and can’t take the time away from work to try and build your career in managed review, you can talk to the legal team at your current company. The more you know about the role, the easier it can be to work toward a new career.
Getting involved where you’re at can build your confidence and awareness in a managed review role. Another way to get into a managed review career is to work as a paralegal at a law firm or in a corporate role. This will build your legal skills and give you experience to put on your resume.
If you need help getting your foot in the legal door, contact The Goodkind Group to learn more about how we can help you find a lucrative career in managed review. Contact us today to start your job search or to find the right employee to fill your open managed review position.