Its still doc review pople, you just add in a bit or research, soory if I burt any ones bubble, but that's not what yyou will be doing if you make it past year 3. But just becuase I've clercked for four years, what dodo i know about what lawyers do, ask a 1A he'll no better. Point is most of the time we don't really know what it is that lawyers do becuase firms like to keep us segregated for the big picture
You're not bursting anyone's bubble; if you had said that the first year associates did grunt work that was of questionable importance, I probably wouldn't have disagreed very much. It's just that the term you're using, well I'm used to it being applied to a very specific activity, which does not involve research of any kind. Is all.
Yea, and who's using this term to describe the work, people whose whole experince has been LSD or one summer at a frim? Yea, they are experts on what doc review is, its allways what everone else but you does.
Its doc review people. Its just most donít know any better because thatís all they have done. I can tell you from working for a solo and working for a big firm there a whole lot more to a case than that one little issue you think is so important. Did I know this at first, hell no, its only after working for a bunch of different people in different sized forms on different levels of complexity that I realized a lot of what I did was just busy work a tiny little cog in a machine, that could have been done cheaper by a paralegal but for the firm could not bill his time as legal advice, hence first years or summers got it.
Point is most of you wonít know this until much later because you wonít have worked on much different until you get to stage where you actually get some resposeablity. Look, donít shoot me, you donít like that aspect of the law, then find a job where you will get to do more right away. Everyone starts at the bottom, even big law associates, and every (including me) thinks what they are personally doing is really, really important. But donít think just because youíre doing it its something special, most time its not, really seriously, believe me Iíve put tons of hours into to something I thought was really important that in all actually was not.
Or you could just say that you're using "doc review" in a broader sense than the rest of us, to include all marginal grunt work and not just looking at boxes of documents. As far as I can tell, the only disagreement here is on terminology.
Oh and I don't think a paralegal would actually be allowed to research a minor legal issue, would she?