How to hire legal researchers
From drafting contracts to pursuing litigation, it’s important to be thorough when researching anything that comes related to the law. Legal researchers can help you answer legal questions and back your cases and content with facts and precedents.
So how do you hire legal researchers? What follows are some tips for finding top legal researchers on Upwork.
How to shortlist legal research professionals
As you’re browsing available legal research consultants, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the contractors you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:
- Industry fit. You want a legal researcher who is familiar with the legal nuances of your industry.
- Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., experience researching case precedents for employment law).
- Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular legal researcher.
How to write an effective legal research job post
With a clear picture of your ideal legal researcher in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
An effective legal research job post should include:
- Scope of work: From identifying case-relevant statutes to researching local regulations, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries or practices of law, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
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LEGAL RESEARCHERS FAQ
What is legal research?
From primary sources such as statutes, regulations, and case law to secondary sources such as legal digests, treatises, and journals, legal researchers can find the information you need to back a case or fact-check content.
Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in legal research consultants:
- Legal research and writing
- Paralegal services
- Industry-specific legal expertise (e.g., corporate law, litigation, real-estate law)
Why hire legal researchers?
The trick to finding top legal researchers is to identify your needs. Is your goal to find a researcher to collect opinions, parallel citations, and precedents to help you prep for a case? Or are you creating content for a finance blog providing tax tips for traders? The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life.
How much does it cost to hire a legal researcher?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced legal researcher may command higher fees but also work faster, have more specialized areas of expertise, and deliver a higher-quality product.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their legal research more competitively.
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.