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A colleague who runs a boutique firm is upset about response wallypancake08/24/18
Whenever I've posted paralegal positions I've gotten pounded wutwutwut08/24/18
Paralegal work is super highly specialized, not many out the mtbislife08/24/18
Would it help if he specifies that JDs need not apply? Thos justdoingok08/24/18
It seems there is a likelihood that the JD applicant could b jeffm08/24/18
wallypancake (Aug 24, 2018 - 11:36 am)

A colleague who runs a boutique firm is upset about responses to two job ads. He put out an ad for a document manager to manage and store all related firm documentation and an administrative assistant who will work closely with him and the other partners. Over the course of a week, he received an avalanche of applications. Many of those applications were people who hold JDs. He was upset that those people applied and made the hiring search more difficult. "They have JDs. Why are they wasting my time by applying to these jobs?"

I presume that those applying are not bigfirm lawyers looking to transition to support people; they are doc review lawyers and the like without meaningful jobs and believe that they have no prospects of ever getting any sort of substantive legal job. It's not like working a doc review or at a small immigration/divorce/PI/LT shop will pay them more and has more potential. These people are not going to leave after five months for a real lawyer job.

If so, what is his issue? I would want someone with some legal knowledge who thinks that this job is awesome. That person is not going to hook on as Chief Counsel at a hedge fund.

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wutwutwut (Aug 24, 2018 - 12:14 pm)

Whenever I've posted paralegal positions I've gotten pounded with JD resumes.

My issue with this is that there are few if any JDs who know the job of any paralegal, let alone the one I need with specialized experience.

If your colleague is looking for someone with experience in document management, few if any of the JDs who apply will have any kind of clue what that work entails. Ditto the legal assistant work.

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mtbislife (Aug 24, 2018 - 2:20 pm)

Paralegal work is super highly specialized, not many out there that can do it.

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justdoingok (Aug 24, 2018 - 1:26 pm)

Would it help if he specifies that JDs need not apply? Those that inevitably do could automatically be weeded out.

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jeffm (Aug 24, 2018 - 2:30 pm)

It seems there is a likelihood that the JD applicant could be hoping that getting an admin job working for an attorney will lead to a legal career through the back door. Even if that's not the case, there are substantial odds that the applicant might make efforts to get involved in doing the legal work.

The hiring attorney probably doesn't want to deal with the emotional struggles of a person who is likely to want to get in on the legal work.

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