Information management and data services use litigation support staff for document coding and indexing legal documents for processing. This is a specialized service for law firms and legal departments.
The job qualifications require that you are familiar with legal terminology because you will be doing what is known as subjective coding to organize things such as dates, title, and bibliography.
The best candidate for the job will have speed reading and accurate typing skills to enter data into a computerized system. Lawyers need to access legal documents quickly, so having case files indexed helps them save time.
Legal transcription is a occupation that requires the coder to be detail orientated, organized and have good time management skills. Companies that hire work at home coders, must be able to read and comprehend documents while entering data into a form template, which is then saved into a database.
The cataloging of the documents makes them easier to sort, review and prioritize at a later date. The organizing of the information helps the legal team focus on other aspects of the legal case they are working on.
Your job duties may include: data capture, determining physical or logical breaks in each document., optical character recognition, bibliographic coding which are usually performed by law clerks, law secretaries or jurisdiction attorneys.
When it comes to high volume document production from litigation cases filed each month, freelancers are used for objective coding. That involves entering data into a searchable system for retrieving document data such as the author, title, batch number or document type.
This is a great occupation for a paralegal or someone who wants to get started in the legal field providing litigation support. You will be assisting attorneys in managing, sorting, indexing and abstracting large volumes of data produced in litigation.
Those having knowledge of document management systems, trial presentation software, technical and data entry skills will be successful in this growing career.