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Litigation Support Professional

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What is a Litigation Support Professional?:

Litigation support professionals assist attorneys in managing large-scale litigation, designing and implementing databases for managing, sorting, indexing and abstracting large volumes of data produced in litigation. Litigation Support Professionals also develop data management strategies, assist with technology in the courtroom, provide user support and training on both off-the-shelf and proprietary software, and coordinate with technology vendors.

Some litigation support professionals are paralegal/IT hybrids performing traditional paralegal tasks while assuming information technology roles.

Education:

Litigation support professionals typically possess a college degree, advanced technical skills and training on database and litigation support applications. Some litigation support professionals possess advanced degrees.

Skills:

Solid IT knowledge and a familiarity with document management systems and trial presentation software, hardware and graphics applications is important. Litigation support professionals must have strong communication skills in interacting with attorneys, staff and vendors as well as excellent organizational abilities, critical thinking skills and attention to detail.

Practice Environments:

Litigation support professionals are largely employed in law firms, corporations and legal consulting firms.

Salary:

Litigation support professional annual salaries range from the low forties to mid-eighties.

Litigation support professionals often work in a management role, supervising IT staff, vendors, litigation support staff, paralegals, junior attorneys and teams of document coders, abstractors and data entry personnel. Some litigation support directors and managers earn salaries in the six figures.

Job Outlook:

With recent changes in federal laws prompting a proliferation of electronically stored information, litigation support professionals are in high demand. As the industry evolves and litigation support technology becomes increasingly complex, the need for professionals with specialized legal technology skills will continue to grow.

Additional Resources:

This new industry has recently established the Association of Litigation Support Professionals (ALSP) dedicated to advancing the profession and contributing to the career development of practitioners around the world.

Litigation Support Today is a magazine dedicated to the litigation support industry.

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