Contract attorney (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 29, 2018
Isn't always clear how applicants are chosen to staff each assignment. Sometimes the agency is slow or non-responsive to applicants' request to join a project. Available work hours are usually flexible, making it easy to get your hours in. Tech Support staff is helpful. Most managing attorneys are collaborative, organized and great to work with.
Flexible work hours, opportunity for hours
Lack of remote projects, speed over accuracy sometimes emphasized
Attorney (Current Employee) – Dallas, TX – November 30, 2018
A great way to earn money between jobs or if you are retired. Quality of training and supervision depends on the project. Projects can end abruptly but Special Counsel found me another one within a week. Super flexible.
Document Review Attorney (Former Employee) – Omaha, NE – October 23, 2018
For entry level document review, they provide simple no frills work and don't ask much beyond hours requirements and simple communication and effort. Some projects are hit and miss for available work and good management. Doc review is a rough field and they seem a little better than most in it.
From the first day I was treated so kindly by the office staff by way of introductions; tour of offices, access to facilities... The staff was eager to answer any questions. The staff check in periodically to review assignment and progress os same.
Luncheon discounts at kiosk.
Location near tourist venues and downtown traffic woes.
In Miami you pay for parking $15 a day and they only pay $22 an hour. Not worth the aggravation of working for this organization.
They make you clock in every time you work, so essentially they're knocking off about 10 - 15 minutes each day while you wait for your computer to boot up and the internet to connect. Add that missed time to a couple months and that is money lost.
Legal Secretary (Former Employee) – Troy, MI – August 12, 2018
They use you up, then don't return your phone calls. The guy I spoke with was a little manic, couldn't get him off the phone, then when I called back with questions, couldn't get him on the telephone. Very clear he was screening his calls. He should get over himself.
Document Review Attorney (Current Employee) – New Orleans, LA – July 13, 2018
Just moved to a nicer office (the last place was a total dump!). You are stacked in like sardines and work at a computer for 8-14 hours per day reading documents for discovery. Not fun or rewarding, but it is a paycheck. Realistically, the job is for attorneys that can't get another job, don't want to practice, are retired, or having a mid life career crisis.
The people we work with in New Orleans are nice overall. However, to Special Counsel, you are just a body in a seat and a revenue center. They want you to work 40 hours per week, but change the office hours regularly, making it difficult to do so.. Also, the air conditioner turns off at 6 pm daily, so the place gets hot and muggy.
The pay rate for the same work is inconsistent across the country. Apparently, attorneys in Chicago and Miami who do the same work get paid more and get overtime. In New Orleans, overtime is STRAIGHT HOURLY, no time and a half.
Benefits ... the project manager promised to "buy us cookies" if the team met its hourly goal. Woo Hoo!
Fairly flexible hours, easy work.
Not consistent with projects, low pay rate, bad coffee.
Attorney (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – June 22, 2018
I went down to work on a document review in Austin and it really wasn't a document review. They had us going through documents and extracting various information which we had to type into another field. The documents were loaded into Relativity but there was no litigation. This was much more data entry than document review. Be sure it is document review because if your typing skills are not fast, then you won't last. The Austin Special Counsel people were alright. The Special Counsel Florida people were just total jerks. If you have to deal with Special Counsel of Florida, probably should pass unless you have to. Then in spite of filling out a brand new hiring packet with current info, they mailed my check to an address I haven't live at in years. I'm not very happy with Special Counsel.
Legal Recruiter (Former Employee) – Fort Lauderdale, FL – May 3, 2018
I was able to gain more insight into what certain companies are searching for in reference to employment as a direct result of this experience. I strengthened my human resource skills as well as my communication skills.
I enjoyed working for this company. It was a great way to gain experience and explore different work opportunities in various legal sectors without making a long term commitment, and often offering immediate employment opportunities.