The life and times of the temp lawyer

The pay is good and there's little stress. But, the bad may outweigh the good

By Melissa Kluger

On Sunday November 11th, 2007


There are a growing number of temp jobs out there for lawyers. It’s not glamorous work, but the pay is not bad if you can stand tedious document review day in and day out. You wouldn’t think there would be much to say about this line of work, which is why this recent article in the Washington City Paper about the lawyers who do it, is quite interesting. An excerpt:

[Jay Kuperstein] found himself sitting in front of a computer for 15 hours a day, working as a temp document reviewer, one of a growing species of big-city lawyer that sifts through electronic documents to determine whether they are relevant to pending court cases and investigations.

Kuperstein does not do research, and he does not write; he does not go to court, and he does not meet with clients. The clients whose cases he works on do not know his name. There is no room for promotion in this job, and there is no health insurance.

But there is the potential of a six-figure salary and also very little stress—except for the stress of knowing that the job may end any minute now, without warning.

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