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Update Legal Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    One of the better legal placement agencies.

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    Former Employee - Document Review Attorney in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Document Review Attorney in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    High reimbursement temporary work. Can lead to full time employment. Good way to subsidize income.

    Cons

    Quality of experience depends on the specific recruiter with whom you have a relationship in the area office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent office staff in larger markets in New England. Miami office staff a bit too young and it shows in their interactions with older attorneys.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    An agency to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Placement Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Placement Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Management is always ready to listen and help with your issues.
    No big problem with vacations as long as a timely request is made.

    Cons

    Pressure from clients is sometimes overwhelming and delivered to you unfiltered.
    The group health insurance premium not quite affordable, too expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall good place to work for

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    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal

    I worked at Update Legal as a contractor

    Pros

    Great work experience with document review.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of details at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More specifics about assignments will be helpful

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great job listings

    Current Employee - A/R Manager in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - A/R Manager in Chaska, MN

    I have been working at Update Legal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Apt job description where you have confidence your skills will be used and appreciated..

    Cons

    Using your time management skills to promote customer appreciation and loyalty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hours to be worked

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Working there was unsatisfactory.

    Former Employee - Legal Placement Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Placement Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Update Legal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the people, they were sweet and friendly. In general really great group of people to work with. Location was also very helpful. Also had a lot of opportunity to move up provided you were motivated and lucky enough.

    Cons

    It can be hard to navigate the politics of the place, and to understand why people are sensitive about certain things. Not nearly enough transparency or forthrightness for my taste. Management could be somewhat temperamental at times. People did not tend to stay very long.

  7.  

    It's a Temp Company, Lower your expecations

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    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    It's temporary work, so it's a race to the bottom. When I worked for Update Legal in 2009-2010, the Manager Laura was helpful. She secured me with a long-term contract.

    Cons

    Since Laura left in 2012, Update Legal has almost zero presence in the D.C. market. Their projects stunk in 2012. They let other Contract Attorneys acting as Team Leads fire other Contract Attorneys. Not professional. Update has no work anymore in D.C.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better contracts/projects, raise employee salaries, and do not rely on Contract Attorneys for management decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great, friendly company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contact Attorney in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Contact Attorney in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    They are pretty good about follow-up, which is much better than many temp agencies. Everyone that I have worked with there has been very friendly and helpful. They are very accommodating and flexible with people's schedules.

    Cons

    Work is temporary and unstable. Like all contract attorney positions, the pay is not great. There is not much room for advancement or permanent work, so once an assignment ends you don't know how long it will be until the next one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Best of the legal staffing agencies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good people work there- best of the legal staffing agencies I've worked with. Friendly and advocate for attorneys

    Cons

    Limited job opportunities and too many people vying for them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Long review, great benefits, nice people, but ended without notice

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    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Boston, MA

    I worked at Update Legal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have great benefits for a temp agency, including accrued vacation time. They seem to staff huge, pretty long-term projects, so it's relatively stable income for a temp agency. They have a convenient location and decent facilities.

    Cons

    The pay range is slightly low for this type of work. There's inadequate communication about how long projects will last. Projects may end or go on hiatus with literally no notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand better communication from clients regarding project length. Enforce it with contractual penalties. If your clients are demanding bargains that goes along with a little bit of concession in other areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management w/High Turnover

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Update Legal full-time

    Pros

    Easy, people was crappy degrees from crappy schools, easy to get a job, easy screening process.

    Cons

    Upper management is poor and under-qualified. Crappy benefits, no opportunity for personal or professional growth. Raises are nominal with no real increase in salary. High turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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