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Has work, not great pay

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Former Contractor - Contract Paralegal in New York, NY
Former Contractor - Contract Paralegal in New York, NY

I worked at Update Legal as a contractor (less than a year)

Pros

They seem to have a larger volume of jobs than other agencies in NYC - especially considering the general slowdown in work because of the economy. The jobs range from short term (a couple of days) to long term (3+ months).

Cons

Constantly rotating recruiters. Rates for temp paralegals ranging from $18 - $22/hr - very low. They have intensive policies and procedures - you have to attend an orientation at their offices before starting a job, but the client will tell you everything you need to know, so it's really unnecessary.

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Pay recruiters more so they stay longer and develop deeper relationships with candidates.

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  1. Life as Contract Atty

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Update Legal as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great when able to get on steady project.

    Cons

    Tough to get that first project. Some people always on projects and others not.

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    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

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    Former Contractor - Contract Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Contract Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Update Legal as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Average rates (instead of below-market wages to undercut competition), decent PTO plan, referral bonuses

    Cons

    Like most legal staffing agencies, they'll go out of their way to keep as much information from you as possible. Any issue raised via email will only be dealt with in person or over the phone so they don't leave a paper trail and can then feign ignorance or just plain lie when a contract employee challenges them on an issue or seeks to enforce the promised terms. Their desire to keep clients and contracts at all costs means they will keep under- or nonperforming workers around much longer than they should, since most of the contracts call for certain staffing levels regardless of performance. In a similar vein, remedial action is rarely targeted toward an individual or a few that are violating rules or gaming the system, instead triggering sweeping changes for all on the project, most of whom were doing their jobs without issue.

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    Treat contract attorneys like the adults and professionals they are and you'd be surprised at the productivity and energy you'd get from them.

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