The third tier of US lawyers

There is interesting coverage in the Wall Street Journal on the creation of a ‘third tier’ of legal practitioners in the US: temp or contract attorneys that perform document review work. Increased client concern regarding legal fees has led to a significant increase in the outsourcing of document review work to offshore centres. But the WSJ reports tough economic conditions in the US has led to a reconfiguration of the labor structure within US firms, with recent graduates and experienced lawyers performing document review work for pay ranging from $20 to $40 an hour.

The third tier of US lawyers Thu, Jun 16, 2011