At the beginning of this month, I attended another litigation support mentoring panel at Georgetown University. One of the questions that a student asked of the panel was “What is a typical day for someone in litigation support? We answered the question by naming a few tasks that might typically fill our day.
About a week later, I was sitting at my desk working a little late and I chuckled because I remembered that question and at that moment, I was doing some serious multi-tasking! Ha!
Here are the tasks I was doing concurrently at that moment.
1. Copying data from the server to an external hard drive.
2. Downloading data from an FTP server.
3. Copying data from a DVD to the server.
4. Answering emails from attorneys.
5. Proofing time entry for document review attorneys.
One of the traits you must have to work in litigation support is the ability to multi-task. If multi-tasking stresses you out, the job won't be a good fit. On the other hand, if you rise to the challenge of some serious multi-tasking, litigation support might be a perfect career for you.
All of the tasks I described above were not under any deadline, but it could have easily been a situation where an attorney was waiting on the results or even worse (and also typical for litigation support), it could have been 3 different attorneys waiting on each of the first 3 tasks. You must be able to handle stress under pressure while at the same time provide updates to the attorneys that are waiting.
My fellow litigation support colleagues may have some other “typical day” scenarios to share in the comments section below.