Posted by Robert Half Legal on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 08:00 | Follow me
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, increased litigation is driving the need for lawyers and legal professionals skilled in litigation support and eDiscovery. In fact, 38 percent of attorneys polled for the guide said litigation would offer the greatest number of job opportunities at their firm or company in the next two years. 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 starting salaries for litigation support directors in the range of $97,250 to $121,750 in 2015.
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 average starting salary for litigation support managers with seven to nine years of experience is $81,250 to $108,000. Those with three to six years of experience will see a range of $69,500 to $89,750.
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. Their starting salaries range from $53,250 to $64,000, and they need to have one to two years’ experience working in eDiscovery.
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. Document coders and case assistants can expect starting salaries in the range of $29,000 to $39,500.
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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