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I will obviously defer to your actual life experience, it just seems to be the exception rather than the rule from my perspective interviewing (none of the midlaw firms I interviewed with relied on paralegals).
Agreed. My entire point is that no firm has really explored the full implications of this sort of model yet. I'm interested in the business side of practice so I like to try to think of novel approaches and get peoples' feedback on their viability in different applications.
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Veyron wrote:You don't need to be a member of the bar to do most legal work. Why don't firms just hire a few lawyers to do courtroom work and speak to clients and then a bunch of bright folks without law degrees to research, write, and do fact gathering? I know of at least one firm where the paralegals do just these sorts of things bit I was wondering why the practice is not more widespread.
Because no one is going to pay 400-600 per billable hour for a non-lawyer, paralegal, or analyst to do their legal work.
Actually, they might. I worked at a successful boutique where paralegals did substantive work, were billed out at several hundreds of dollars per hour, and were compensated at a very attractive rate (read: 6 figures incl. bonuses). It wouldn't work for every firm, but it does work for some. With the right combination of experience and skills, $400/hr wouldn't be unimaginably high.
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