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Lawyer Exchange is an online platform that matches law firms seeking support with attorneys seeking work and mentorship. Law firms post specific legal projects, and lawyers looking for work submit proposals to complete the projects. The entire process is done online, from the initial post all the way to invoicing and payment. Created for lawyers, by lawyers, Lawyer Exchange is revolutionizing the way attorneys practice law today.
Lawyer Exchange is free to join for all licensed U.S. lawyers and law firms. Law practices get free access to our system and pay only when a project is posted ($108-$120). There are no additional Lawyer Exchange fees. Hiring Lawyers looking to hire Project Lawyers will agree upon and pay the Project Lawyer directly. Project Lawyers looking for project work can join and browse open projects at no cost and pay only when they submit proposals on interested projects ($5.40-$9.00).
Some websites and services provide “lawyer referral networks” to connect the general public to lawyers in their area for representation. Lawyer Exchange is not a lawyer referral network because the platform is only open to practicing lawyers, connecting them with each other for project-based legal work. If you need help seeking legal representation, we recommend checking with your local or state bar association.
No. Lawyer Exchange simply connects lawyers with each other for project-based legal work. Lawyer Exchange is more flexible and affordable than recruiting or staffing agencies, presenting less financial risk and faster turnaround time to your practice.
While Lawyer Exchange is not a recruiting service, we do provide you a unique opportunity to help you find qualified candidates for your practice. By posting project work, you can screen potential hires to see how they perform on common tasks they would be accomplishing while working with you. By posting multiple projects, you can work with a variety of candidates, allowing you to base your hiring decision off of real results from their project work. Once you have selected a candidate, Lawyer Exchange does not charge a recruiting fee; you’ll simply pay the 10% Lawyer Exchange fee for the project work they have completed.
It is free to join and browse projects. The fee to the Hiring Lawyer to post a project is $108-$120. The fee to the Project Lawyer to post a proposal is $5.40 - $9.00. Hiring Lawyers and Project Lawyers agree on their own fee terms. The parties may use the Lawyer Exchange platform to create invoices at no cost. The parties may use the platform to pay the invoice for convenience only at a cost of 3% processing fee of the total invoice amount. Where the platform is used for paying the invoice or not it is the intention of the process that the Project Lawyer receives 100% of their negotiated fee amount.
Lawyer Exchange is open to all active, licensed attorneys in good standing and new law grads in the United States and its territories.
We are not open to legal professionals (paralegals, law clerks, consultants, etc) at this time.
Lawyer Exchange has two types of members - Project Lawyers and Hiring Lawyers. The Project Lawyers are those looking for work, and the Hiring Lawyers are the ones posting projects and looking for help.
No. We are currently only open to licensed attorneys and new law school grads.
Yes! Lawyer Exchange is open to both fully licensed lawyers as well as law students and recent grads who have their bar exam scheduled or are awaiting results.
We require lawyers submit their state registration information. Each registration is manually verified before they are given access to the platform.
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No! Any licensed attorney can use Lawyer Exchange to find Project work. In fact, a majority of our members have practiced law for over 5 years.
Whether you are looking for help or looking for work, Lawyer Exchange makes the process easy:
Lawyer Exchange hosts legal project work in a variety of areas. The most common types of work we see include drafting, research, review, appearances, and client interaction.
No. Hiring Lawyers can indicate whether work needs to be completed on-site or if it can be done remotely. This means you can find work throughout the country or locally to you!
Hiring lawyers will indicate if a certain State registration is required for their projects. In most cases, a project lawyer does not need to be licensed in the state where the project’s client is, since the hiring lawyer will be licensed there and is overseeing the work.If finding a project in a specific location is important to you, Lawyer Exchange allows you to filter your search by state.
Lawyer Exchange provides a rating system for both hiring and project lawyers to leave feedback once a project is complete. This provides peace of mind for both parties. Each user also has a personal profile with their degree information, in-depth questions/answers, work examples, license verifications, and even personal references! You may also upload documents such as resumes and work samples.
The Hiring Lawyer needs to disclose whether they have a policy that covers another lawyer working with them on a project basis. If they don’t, they will make the project lawyer aware of that. Most policies today cover part-time, freelance, and project based work under the same conditions as your full-time associates - mainly that the work is overseen by the senior lawyer before it goes out to the client.
Hiring Lawyers are able to select as many Project Lawyers as they need for their legal project. If multiple Project Lawyers are selected, all of their individual information, invoices, and communication with the Hiring Lawyer is kept private from the others selected.
Lawyer Exchange follows the current best practices regarding identity theft, using the same fraud and theft prevention processes most commonly used in the financial industry.
When an account is opened the member is required to submit both bar credentials and an email address; we verify the validity and status of each of these. When a Project Lawyer submits their first proposal we further verify their identity through their existing banking relationship. The member is required to either connect their mobile payment service account (MPSA) (Venmo, Paypal) or create one using an email address that matches both their Lawyer Exchange account and their bank account connecting to their MPSA. If an identity has been compromised, it will be detected at this point and addressed by our team. We also conduct periodic reviews of the credentials of existing members to verify continued good standing with the bar.
The consensus under the ABA rules is that the payment of fees to project-based or temporary lawyers is not a division of fees, provided the fee is not contingent on the clients’ payment of a fee to the Hiring Lawyer or on the outcome of the matter. Lawyer Exchange provides the option of fees to be paid either on an hourly or flat fee basis and does not allow for contingent fee arrangements. Therefore, any fees invoiced or paid through Lawyer Exchange will be compliant with ABA rules.