Are you a tech-savvy legal professional looking for ways to take your career in an exciting new direction? Then exploring eDiscovery jobs may be right for you.
Opportunities in eDiscovery jobs
According to Robert Half Legal Salary Guide research, litigation is the practice area that will offer the greatest number of job opportunities, driving the need for lawyers and legal professionals skilled in litigation support and eDiscovery. Our research shows that litigation was cited by 35 percent of surveyed lawyers as the practice area expected to lead hiring at law firms and corporate legal departments during the next six months. And where there’s litigation, eDiscovery naturally follows.
All eDiscovery jobs are built on a few core components: Clients usually seek candidates who at least have a college degree, though in some cases they’ll need JDs. The positions also require familiarity with document management systems and trial presentation software. Strong communication skills and attention to detail are also needed.
Roles most in demand
Here are some of today’s most in-demand roles, along with their starting salaries:
1. Litigation support director
Litigation support directors oversee teams of litigation and eDiscovery professionals. They are the primary liaisons between litigation practice groups, clients’ in-house discovery teams, opposing firms and vendors. This is a supervisory role, and it requires 10 or more years’ experience. The Salary Guide lists the midpoint salary for litigation support directors in the United States as $124,000.
2. Litigation support manager
In addition to conducting eDiscovery for litigation, litigation support managers serve as the lines of communication with outside firms and vendors. They must be adept at litigation project management and are responsible for overseeing project teams. The Salary Guide lists the midpoint salary for litigation support managers as $87,000-$108,500 based upon years of experience.
3. Litigation support specialist/analyst
Support specialists and analysts conduct and manage eDiscovery, track data for litigation and assist the litigation support manager. These eDiscovery jobs require keen organizational skills, as well as proficiency in case management and eDiscovery software. The Salary Guide lists the midpoint salary for specialist/analysts as $61,500.
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4. Document coder
These legal support professionals are the organizers of data found through eDiscovery and other methods. They are responsible for inputting data and importing databases into case management software. They need a strong understanding of legal concepts, as well as the ability to prioritize the order in which they process the data they receive. The Salary Guide lists the midpoint salary for document coder as $37,000.
The specifics of these positions often change depending on the size and structure of the law firm. For example, some smaller firms may train legal assistants or paralegals who have advanced technical skills and litigation support training to take on these roles.
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