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In today's feeble job market, many recent grads turn to contract document review projects hoping for something better to come along. And it's about as glamorous as it sounds.

What’s up, doc?… an insider’s view of doc review

In today's feeble job market, many recent grads turn to contract document review projects hoping for something better to come along. And it's about as glamorous as it sounds.

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  1. Great post Leah! I really agree with “Howard’s” sentiment regarding OCI and how law schools need to work harder for the other 97%.

  2. Years ago I was told that once you start contract work, it becomes harder to find a full-time, permanent job. Is that true? Why? If it was true, is it still true in this market?

  3. @Britt: thanks! and, I feel the same way too.
    @Heather: That’s definitely what Howard and Jennifer think, and why they asked me not to use their real names. I did ask them about this. Apparently some doc review agencies sell it as a way to get your foot in the door at the firm. But Jennifer and Howard totally disagree. They feel that the firm associates who supervise them look at contract attorneys as people who weren’t “good enough” to get firm jobs. Their perception is that doc review on your resume is a kiss of death if you’re trying to get a firm job – you’d be better off leaving it off and talking about all the VLN volunteering you did.

  4. In Minnesota Lawyer’s story, many placement professionals denied that document review or other contract worth is the kiss of death. Not in this economy, they said.

  5. @Barb I hope they’re right. It’s hard enough to find work out there without being penalized for trying to pay the bills.

  6. “I don’t know how you’d begin to make sense of this if you had $120,000 in student loans and were making $30,000,” Jennifer said.

    Welcome to the reality of the majority of law grads today. And that $120k is non-dischargeable in bankruptcy.

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