Thursday, June 16, 2011

What do temp lawyers make doing document review work?

According to this story from the Wall Street Journal, for work that isn't off-shored, temp attorneys can expect to make between $15.00 and $40.00 an hour, no benefits included.  That can translate into $40,000 to $50,000 a year if the work is steady but for many it isn't. And as this post from the ABA Journal points out, working as a temp often carries a stigma that can make it difficult to later find permanent employment.

A typical contract lawyer may be able to make $40,000 to $50,000 a year, but the pay can be as low as $15 an hour.

Other negatives [include] . . . little chance for advancement, low prestige, a lack of steady work, stigma and a work atmosphere where breaks are limited and speed is monitored.

There are several blogs out there that describe, sometimes in rather bleak terms, the working lives of temp attorneys if you're interested in reading first-hand accounts (here, here, here and here).


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