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I did doc review for a short time. Things were tough and tha wallypancake08/17/18
I don't understand the purpose this rant. Don't you have eno john0908/17/18
Didn’t know doc review was still a thing. esquirewalletsmatter08/17/18
And how did you end up doing sophisticated corporate legal w loblawyer08/17/18
Nighthawk, is that you? wutwutwut08/17/18
TITCR. it's either nighthawk or our very old friend vencere williamdrayton08/17/18
a lot of people in doc review don't have much of a chance to dingbat08/17/18
None of the doc reviewers I know view it as a real alternati mikeisright08/17/18
I've been generally satisfied with all of mine. I think I wutwutwut08/17/18
I'm a foreign-language doc review attorney. I make six figur shithead08/17/18
Same here. Adjusted for inflation, the English rates have r tedandlisa12308/17/18
How did Amazon go? flyer1408/23/18
Recently got back into document review. The reviewers are ba stillajd08/23/18
wallypancake (Aug 17, 2018 - 9:07 am)

I did doc review for a short time. Things were tough and that was the only opportunity out there so I took it. My mindset was to do what I have to do while searching for a job. Doc review, to me, was a holdover. While doing doc review, I met people who told me that doc review is the pinnacle of the legal profession and there is no purpose in trying to get out. Even people with biglaw experience. "It's great, you never have to think about filing an appeal..." "Why would you want to work on such matters where you can get in trouble" etc.

From my short experience, most of the people were of that mindset. It was sad because with that mentality, they will be in doc review forever. Doc reviewers are not waiting out and trying to get the next job, they are mentally shackled.

My perseverance paid off and I am now doing highly sophisticated corporate legal work. I am in still in touch with a few of the doc review people. They've reached out for suggestions to get out of doc review and I provided them with a number of suggestions. I spoke with people about them and gave them strategies. In the end, they did nothing about it, saying doc review was the best place to be. Why get out there when they have something going in the grimy basement?

Recently, I've received some jealousy-laced texts from the same people. If you think that doc review is great, why are you jealous? In your minds, sub-par pay, being abused by project managers, and brain-dead work is "making it." Then what is your issue?

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john09 (Aug 17, 2018 - 9:41 am)

I don't understand the purpose this rant. Don't you have enough sophisticated corporate legal work to keep you mentally occupied?

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esquirewalletsmatter (Aug 17, 2018 - 10:47 am)

Didn’t know doc review was still a thing.

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loblawyer (Aug 17, 2018 - 12:00 pm)

And how did you end up doing sophisticated corporate legal work from doc review? Your perseverance notwithstanding, surely luck played a part in your unicorn career upgrade.

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wutwutwut (Aug 17, 2018 - 9:58 am)

Nighthawk, is that you?

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williamdrayton (Aug 17, 2018 - 1:52 pm)

TITCR. it's either nighthawk or our very old friend venceremos.

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dingbat (Aug 17, 2018 - 11:15 am)

a lot of people in doc review don't have much of a chance to escape, and so they've convinced themselves that they're better off in doc review.

On one hand, they know better, and don't actually believe it, and would love to get out if they could, on the other hand, they have to believe it to come to terms with their miserable existence. It's like how a middle-aged minimum wage monkey at wall-mart takes pride in the company, and might look down at a similar monkey at k-mart.

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mikeisright (Aug 17, 2018 - 12:02 pm)

None of the doc reviewers I know view it as a real alternative to a more traditional legal career. The most common adjectives I hear about DR are: tedious, dreadful, dead-end and necessary.

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wutwutwut (Aug 17, 2018 - 1:57 pm)

I've been generally satisfied with all of mine.

I think I would only write a review if I either got outstanding service, or service so poor it bordered on malpractice.

Thus, I've never written a doc review.

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shithead (Aug 17, 2018 - 2:27 pm)

I'm a foreign-language doc review attorney. I make six figures without breaking a sweat, travel when I want, never bring work home with me, and have No Responsibility. I never dreamed this lifestyle was possible in law school. I haven't done an English project in about eight years - that really seems like it would be Suck. Language stuff though, awesome.

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tedandlisa123 (Aug 17, 2018 - 3:14 pm)

Same here. Adjusted for inflation, the English rates have really fallen through the floor in the last several years. Got to love all that automation and Indian outsourcing. Ten years ago, there were a lot more gigs with plenty of overtime and even meals and taxis home. I only pop into doc review now when they offer the occasional project in my language. You can earn more money and have greater flexibility delivering pizza nowadays than doing English doc review. If I still had law debt and doc review was my only option, I’d say screw it, default on the debt, and just teach English in Asia.

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flyer14 (Aug 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)

How did Amazon go?

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stillajd (Aug 23, 2018 - 8:15 pm)

Recently got back into document review. The reviewers are [email protected]@t insane. So are the PMs.

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