Temp Staff Demand Greatest for Paralegals, Legal Support Staff, Attorneys

Isn't it just great to be in demand?

"Temporary legal staffing is the most consistently fast growing segment of the contingent workforce in the United States and is largely driven by merger and acquisition activity and litigation-related work, according to a new report by Staffing Industry Analysts, the premier provider of market intelligence about the contingent workforce.


  -- Over the next decade, volume demand is expected to grow annually by 6% for paralegals and legal assistants [emphasis added], 5% for lawyers, and 4.6% for legal secretaries.  Lawyers, paralegals and legal secretaries make up roughly 85% of the temporary legal workforce.  Of these, the fastest growing occupation is paralegals.

  -- Temporary legal staffing remains concentrated in the 25 largest metropolitan areas, as well as state capitals.  Overall, one in six legal jobs are located in just two cities:  New York City and Washington D.C.  New York City accounts for 10.4% of all legal employment and Washington D.C. 5.7%.

"Virtual Paralegal Services Introduces Virtual Workspace"

Well, this new paralegal business feature sounds interesting, dontcha think?

"Virtual Paralegal Services, LLC, a provider of affordable, on-demand, experienced paralegal assistance exclusively for lawyers and their clients, today introduced its new Virtual Workspace.

"VPS Virtual Workspace gives lawyers access to a highly secure collaborative environment for creating, storing and retrieving documents and records without the commitment of a capital-intensive technology investment."

To see how a sample Virtual Workspace operates, log in at the top of the site's home page with user name: llegal & password: ll1122.

Ever thought about working as a "Mechanical Turk"?

Yeah, the first thing you're asking (I did too!), is what is a Mechanical Turk?

"Some day, your boss could be a faceless Mechanical Turk who doles out tasks over the Internet. For nearly a year, Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk has paid amounts ranging from one cent to several dollars for tasks that take a few seconds to a few minutes to complete. The jobs include taking surveys, contributing to a restaurant guide, transcribing audio clips, and looking at photos on the Web to identify colors, street addresses, or human faces.


"Chuck Freiman, a paralegal in Charlotte, N.C., spends two or three hours a week on the Turk. To him it's a hobby, not a job. 'It's not like I have to get dressed up and go to work or anything,' says Mr. Freiman, who brought in about $25 last month. As long as he can make a little money, he says, 'I'll be doing it.'

"The Mechanical Turk has given a 21st-century twist to the centuries-old concepts of 'cottage industry' and 'piece work.' People work in their homes and are paid based on how much they produce instead of an hourly wage, using the Internet connections that have become a standard feature in most homes.


"The Mechanical Turk is just one form of what has been called 'crowdsourcing,' the ability of the Web to harness amateurs to use their spare time to create content or solve problems. Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia created by volunteers, and YouTube, the website that serves up homemade videos, are two prominent examples of online content created by amateurs working from their own computers."

"Paralegal offers a new twist on a traditional job"

Will this news about going independent convince you to do the same?

"Paralegal Laura Hunt stumbled upon her career by accident.

"'I originally went to nursing school at WestConn for about a year, right out of high school in 1996, but I didn't really like it,' said Hunt, now 27.

"Nine years ago, the Brookfield woman decided to pursue other avenues and began looking for a job. She quickly found one with Brian Cotter, an attorney in Danbury.


"'I wanted something more challenging and I thought about law school, but at this point (and that might change) I don't really want to go back to school right now. Plus, I love what I do. I enjoy being a paralegal,' Hunt said.

"In January, Hunt decided to go ahead with her plan and open her own business as a freelance paralegal. Although the idea isn't a new one, it isn't very common either."