Once you have an active account with LAWCLERK, you have the ability to apply for both projects and teams. You may be asking yourself -- What's the difference? Here's the short answer:
Attorneys post discrete projects that they need completed by a Lawclerk. After reviewing the projects details, including the price and deadline, you can apply to the project. If you are selected by the posting attorney, you are then provided with a conflicts check process and if you do not have conflicts, you can complete the work. Once the project is completed, you are paid, the project concludes, and your responsibilities come to a close.
Instead of posting projects to the LAWCLERK marketplace, some attorneys seek to build teams of Lawclerks that they will then work with on a repeat basis. This is done in two ways. If you apply for a project or work with a posting attorney, they can add you to their team. Additionally, posting attorneys can post a team application describing the qualities they are looking for in their team members and the type of work they are looking to have completed.
Just like projects, you can apply to be on any team that meets your interests. The principal difference is that you're not agreeing to do a specific job, rather, you are just indicating that you are interested in being a member of the posting attorney's team. Once the posting attorney has built their team(s), they can then invite their team members to do discrete projects (instead of posting them to the marketplace).
We recommend that you apply to be on the teams that meet your experience and interests as more than 40% of the projects on LAWCLERK go to team members.
You will be notified when you are added to a team. You do not need to take any further action at that point. As a team member, when you are invited by the posting attorney to complete a project, you will receive an email and upon logging in, you will also be greeted with a pop-up notifying you of the invitation. From there, you can chat with the posting attorney prior to accepting the invitation. If you have any questions about the project, are unsure about the price, or have any general questions, you're more than welcome to discuss those questions before accepting (see below). If you are unavailable or aren't interested in the project, you can simply decline and you also have the ability to leave a courtesy note (see below).
When you knock your first project out of the park, the invitations will begin to snowball!