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Career FAQs

Compliance offers comprehensive legal career development services, including:

  • Resume advice
  • Career counseling
  • Interview preparation assistance
  • Salary negotiation strategies

Looking for more information?
Below are questions that frequently come up with our consultants and legal candidates. 

Q: What is a document review?

A document review is the process by which a high-volume of legal documents are scrutinized and categorized according to specific criteria. Typically, a document review consists of determining whether or not documents are responsive or non-responsive. In addition, if a document is determined to be responsive, additional categorization may be required such as whether the document corresponds to particular specifications and, most importantly, whether the document is privileged. The documents under review can be either hardcopy or electronic.

Q: How do I become a review attorney?

If you are an attorney with “good standing” with your bars, then you can apply to work as a contract reviewer for Compliance. Generally speaking, to be in “good standing” means that you are duly admitted to practice law, are not disbarred or suspended and your bar dues and/or registration fees are not in arrears. It is important that you maintain your ability to practice law by meeting the necessary good standing requirements of the jurisdictions in which you are admitted.

Q: What legal jobs does Compliance recruit for?

Attorneys
Compliance project attorneys come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds, and we offer an array of legal. Whether you are right out of law school or you have years of practice under your belt, we have assignments and direct hire openings available for you.

Many of Compliance projects are large document review projects, which provide an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to top law firms and companies. These projects also provide the opportunity to gain substantive legal experience in such “hot” disciplines as antitrust, securities and telecommunications law.

For the experienced attorney, Compliance also has a wide range of opportunities working on smaller, more substantive, projects. Such opportunities may include research and writing, regulatory filings, or trial preparation, to name a few. Whatever your interests, Compliance will work to find a project or position that fit your needs.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Compliance has positions available for all levels of legal assistants and paralegals. No experience is necessary for many of our assignments. All Compliance employees receive an orientation and “on-the-job” training for every assignment.

As an entry-level legal assistant, you may be called upon to perform many types of legal support tasks such as filing, box and document logging, coding, indexing, organizing and quality checking. Self-starting candidates often move quickly into tasks that entail significant responsibility.

With Compliance, experienced candidates often receive substantial responsibility immediately. They may be called upon for litigation case management, litigation calendar management, cite-checking, blue-booking, legal research, trial exhibit preparation, corporate filings and database management.

Legal Project Managers
Compliance is the legal industry leader for legal project management outsourcing.

With projects always under management at our facilities in Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles and Northern Virginia and around the country, Compliance offers challenging and rewarding career development opportunities for legal project managers of all experience levels.

IT Positions
Individuals with computer networking and database administration skills are always in demand by Compliance law firm clients, as well as by our own document production management team.

All of Compliance’s review centers offer both experienced and novice IT personnel significant career development opportunities.

Q: Will I improve my marketability?

Compliance is committed to advancing the skills of its reviewer attorneys. Through a series of strategic business partnerships, reviewers who work for Compliance are eligible to participate in various certification programs.

Additionally, doors to positions at large law firms are opening to candidates with contract legal experience. Law firms often bring in temporary legal personnel with an eye toward hiring them full-time upon project completion. Dozens of law firm attorneys, legal assistants and paralegals have begun their legal careers as Compliance contract legal personnel.

Q: What are my legal career options?

Prior to conducting a job search, first determine how you would like to use your law degree and in what type of setting. The career opportunities for an attorney are broad and finding your niche can be overwhelming. Explore your options:

Big Firms: Many law firms and legal staffing firms list open positions online. Document review projects are a great way to get an insider’s glimpse on the types of matters many large law firms are handling.

Smaller Firms: A small law firm provides many associates with the opportunity to work on a diverse caseload and assume considerable responsibility on a matter.

In-House: In an effort to control legal expenses, many companies seek to minimize the use of outside counsel and prefer to hire their own internal full-time attorneys. The benefits, among many, of being in-house are that there are no minimum billable hours and you may receive stock options and other employee benefits from the corporation.

Government: Government attorney positions provide the challenging legal work of law firms; however, the hours are typically less demanding. The legal matters handled by government agencies and affiliates often have far-reaching policy implications.

Non-Profits: Attorneys involved with the non-profit sector offer legal services to a wide variety of non-profit organizations. This is a great means for staying current on non-profit legal issues and governance. Daily legal matters may include managing grants, donations and bylaws.

Other Uses for a Law Degree: As an attorney, your career options are not limited to practicing law. More and more corporate employers are recognizing the value a law school graduate brings to areas such as management, sales, human resources, marketing, advertising, training, negotiations and dispute resolution. Other careers non-practicing attorneys pursue are teaching, real estate, investing, publishing and writing. The list of career options available to JDs is endless and there are several books published on the topic of alternate career paths for attorneys and other uses for a law degree to help you find the right career. Document review provides the flexibility for non-practicing attorneys to keep one hand in the legal field and still have time to write the Great American Novel.

Q: What are the benefits of working as a contract attorney?

As an attorney, document reviews provide a great opportunity to learn more about the area of law involved in the review. In addition, electronic discovery is the leading-edge technology of document management and gives you first-hand knowledge of the process. Also, attorneys looking to break into particular geographic legal markets frequently participate in projects while conducting job searches.

Moreover, in light of the short-term nature of many document review projects, you are able to earn a substantial income and then have a break between projects, if you so desire. Many attorneys enjoy the flexibility offered by document review assignments, allowing you to vacation, pursue other interests or continue earning money as a contract reviewer on another assignment.

Q: What are the do’s and don’ts for a document review?

Conduct: Conduct yourself as the professional you are. More specifically, treat everyone with the courtesy you expect from others. You should be mindful that you are working in an environment with other professionals in close proximity; therefore, keep non-work related conversations to a minimum to avoid distracting others. You should be attentive to given instructions and general professional office decorum.  Think of the contract review project as a long interview.

Attire: Most document review clients permit business casual attire.

Time & Attendance: Adhere to the time and attendance schedules by arriving on time and satisfying the established daily minimum hour requirements.  Plan for delays by attempting to arrive early. Expect the unexpected when it comes to hours and requirements.
 
HR Issues: Direct all questions, comments or concerns regarding billing, timekeeping, time off, personality conflicts and general non-substantive issues to Compliance, not the onsite client.

Confidentiality: Always bear in mind that you are occupying a position of trust and confidence and you will be reviewing information that is confidential, privileged and proprietary. You have an obligation not to disclose any information acquired in the course of your work and your obligation of non-disclosure continues after your participation on the project.

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