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Legal Proofreaders

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In today's market any job in a law firm that provides enough work can often be done by outside resources. Then, some firms find it more advantageous to keep the work in-house. Proofreading is one of those jobs and today the proofreader is needed as much as ever in a law firm that produces lots of legal forms and documents.

Legal Proofreaders

Does this sound like an easy job? Let's take a look at the requirements. It is done in a pleasant environment and requires sitting and reading for eight hours looking for mistakes that need correction. It is typically not done on a computer. How well does one understand the mistakes for which he is looking? This comes with experience or training. While the job does not require a college degree, it often does require a 2 year degree and several years of experience either as a proofreader, word processor or a legal secretary.

Training Classes in Legal Proofreading

There are many programs that offer to train people in proofreading with the goal of the student being able to pass the proofreading test given by most firms before they are hired. Some training courses teach it in 8 hours and some courses take 2 days. The subjects you need to learn in any course before applying for a proofreader's job are listed here from a company called Legal Proofreader.

Introduction to Legal Proofreading

Defined Terms
 
  • Blacklining
  • Blacklining Styles
  • Blacklining Legal Documents

''Redlining'' EDGAR Documents

How Legal Proofreading Agencies Test Your Blacklining Skills
Sample & Practice Blacklining Tests

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