Bro, are you areyouinsane?
WTF, why do you guys think everyone on doc review is "insane"? It seems like many on this board try to discredit the notion that doc review could ever "happen" to them
, since they have some secret game plan that involves "working hard" and "networking," along with the completely ridiculous idea that governenment jobs and/or public service are some kind of "can't miss" fallback plan when/if you dinged at OCI by the biglaw shops. Or the especially naive idea that "midlaw" firms commonly hire first year associates and start them at 75 to 100 K.
Rather than blindly assume "it can't happen to me," the default "soul-searching" question on here should be "how will I handle it
if it happens to me" re: doc review or some other miserable lawschool outcome.
Of course, I realize that's nearly impossible to do as none of you have experienced this "career" yet. But you should understand that the people here are not here by choice but out of pure financial necessity. Also understand that there are far, far more people doing this kind of work than you can imagine. As I said, this project alone is 150+ people just in the NYC location.
We are not allowed to speak to one another unless we are discussing the case. We cannot take cell phone calls in the caseroom or hallway, only outside the building. We receive no courtesy or professional respect whatsoever. For example, yesterday I woke up at 6 am, got into work at 8 am, and found a bunch of co-workers hanging out in the lobby. Turns out there was a late-nite email that cancelled the workday yesterday due to computer/server issues. As I don't have a phone with email capibility, I wasted nearly 2 hours commuting plus $20 in train fare, all to earn $0 for the day. Nice, huh?
Given the above, do you think the thousands of people grinding away on these projects would put up with this treatment if any better alternatives existed? Remember, every single person on this project is a graduate of an ABA lawschool and a member of the NY State Bar. Do you really believe that every single person on this gig is a complete and utter loser from a TTTT with a 2.1 GPA, who never had the idea to network, or open their own shop, or find a midlaw job, or work in a business or corporation?
The funny thing is that everyone on this project is in better shape than many of you will be once you get licensed. That's because for this project (like nearly every other posted nowadays), you must have 2+ years of e-discovery experience to get hired. Most of the decent agencies aren't even signing up recent grads anymore, since there are almost no "entry-level" doc review projects around anymore in NYC. (and no, your grades/school won't help- what they're looking for is exepriecne with the doc review software systems: Concordance, Ringtail, Summation, Relativity, etc). Clients have gotten very cheap and stingy, so they are not wiling to pay for an "extra" training day to get newbies up to speed on tech issues. They want people who know the software so that they can dive right into reading the docs and coding for substantive issues.