Oct 192008

About a year and a half ago I wrote a post on my old blog, “Law Crossing: yay or nay?” asking if it was worth signing up with Law Crossing to help me find a job.
The answer is clearly, most definitely and unequivocally, “nay.” For the reasons laid out below, Law Crossing has demonstrated itself to be a most disreputable company, first by engaging in dubious business practices and then by trying to co-opt me and my blog in its efforts to cover them up and continue to exploit the public.

At first the initial comments submitted on my original post ranged from neutral to even positive towards Law Crossing. There were, however, concerns raised about a sister service, Legal Authority, referencing both the poor quality of the cover letters it produced on subscribers’ behalf and the extreme difficulty subscribers had in canceling their accounts.
And soon the comments began to raise the same concerns about Law Crossing itself. One commenter noted that Law Crossing had an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau for these very reasons:

Many complainants allege that job information supplied had incorrect contact information, listings were outdated, or in some cases are non-existent. The company responds to most complaints by reminding clients that by subscribing the first month, they agree to receive additional services, billed at $29.95 per month until cancellations are received as provided in their terms and conditions. The company reports it is their policy to accept cancellations by phone only. Allegations that they could not be reached by phone are generally not addressed.

If that were all there was to say against Law Crossing I could have just left it to the other post and BBB site to convey it. As it is, my previous post is the third result on a Google-search for “Law Crossing.” It’s quite visible, and as some of the later comments on reflect, it apparently has been deterring people from doing business with Law Crossing.
Which I imagine is what motivated Law Crossing to do what it did next: pay people to spam my site with fraudulent testimonials.
Typically comments have dripped in for this post one at a time, spread out over the months. But in just a few hours on June 27, 2008, all of a sudden there were dozens of suspiciously positive and suspiciously similar comments praising Law Crossing to the skies. (At least seven made it to the site; there’s even more in my spam filter that got caught for also including search engine-gaming URLs.) And I’m sure there would have been more still, had I not taken immediate action.
What Law Crossing had done was to post a “hit” on Amazon’s mTurk service, offering to pay people for each testimonial they spammed my blog with. Services like mTurk are designed to broker piecework between willing workers with extra cycles and employers that have lots of small tasks needing doing. Paying people to post comments must have seemed like a perfect use of the service, except that it is a complete violation of Amazon policy.
As well as a violation of me. As it is, I find corporate tactics that run roughshod over consumers to be particularly despicable — no one should do business with any company that helps itself to money it’s not entitled to, which, according to so many accounts, is what Law Crossing routinely does. But to have used me and my site, my audience and my credibility, to further their unsavory business practices is beyond the pale. Their behavior forbids my silence, which is why I post now as I do, so the world can easily see just what kind of company Law Crossing is.
The only reason I have not posted sooner is because my inquiries to Amazon to further research the situation had gotten lost in their customer service system. I have, however, since received an apology from Amazon for the delay and an assurance that if any other blogger finds themselves similarly targeted by spam comments solicited on the mTurk site, Amazon will assist them in stopping the onslaught. As it was Amazon did promptly act back in June to delete the solicitation and ban the poster shortly after I alerted them to the problem.
Note the difference between a company that’s relatively responsive to the public, and one who feels the need to lie to it.

 Posted by at 11:30 pm

  14 Responses to “Law Crossing: definitely nay”

  1. Law Crossing Can Get You a Job. As a Spammer

    Amongst the many legal job search outfits out there is one called “Law Crossing,” which presents itself as a different sort of approach to finding a job as a lawyer.

  2. Thank you for saving me a great deal of trouble. I am currently looking for entry-level paralegal work, and ran across job offerings from LawCrossing routinely sent to me by Yahoo’s HotJobs service. An encounter with a dubious employment service is the last thing I want right now. Best of luck with your own career prospects.

  3. I was searching for positions and many hits led me to hyperlinks to lawcrossing. The connections kept timing out, so I decided to google it. That’s when I saw your post. Thank you for saving me lots of time and money.

  4. Uhg. Lawcrossing.com are a bunch of crooks.
    I made the mistake of signing up. Had all the problems others have had: Poor postings, credit card repeatedly charged, hard to contact them to cancel. Finally had to dispute all charges with my bank.
    Their business practices are slimy, especially when considering their target market are young, relatively inexperienced students.
    Avoid lawcrossing.com at all costs.

  5. Agree 100%. Stay away from this group as they are simply out to take your money.

  6. Im having all the same problems with getting my $ back. Was anyone able to have their charges refunded? If so, what was the best way to do this–go through the BBB or your credit card company?

  7. Thank you for your information. I am a mid career atty. looking for a job. can you provide me with the name of what you consider a reputable legal job webssite? anyone?

  8. I don’t know if this helps anyone, but in more than 10 years, I have not located one reputable online legal job website. But then, I am still largely old school. What I have found to work are alumnus law school career services offices which maintain their own job boards. You have to get the PW to access it, after they vouch that you are an alumnus. Might also try actually talking with the Career Services director to get other leads. Good luck all!

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  10. I came across this blog while searching for ripoffreport.com. I used LawCrossing for 2 years and had no idea they were supposedly fraudulent. I guess because I know to cancel my credit card when I get tired of a company’s automated billing.
    The reason why I stopped using LawCrossing is because I discovered they pull their jobs from various online sources. Say you see a job on law crossing, you can just google that job title and it will come up online. I now just get the listings for free and google the job if it sounds interesting. LawCrossing gets their jobs from careerbuilder.com, careerjet.com and various other online job sites.
    Attorney jobs are, however, very competititive. I have never got an interview from any online job. Generally, you have to used your career center, the newspaper, or sending out your resume unsolicited to get a legal job.

  11. Did anyone see that Barnes asked an attorney to call up anyone who says something negative about either Barnes or one of his companies and threaten to sue them? Has anyone else been called?
    Take a look at http://www.americanmaestro.blogspot.com.
    Can Barnes really go around threatening people like this? I hope this really develops into something because it would be great to see Barnes prove in a public forum the parts of what was said that are false.

  12. He just went and started his own company like mTurk: http://shorttask.com. The owner is a liar and a thief above all other things.

  13. Thank you for saving me too! Law Crossings kept coming up in my searches and I found it odd that there was always a job listing having all of the things I was looking for, but yet I have done a lot of other searches and have not found the same job. I almost signed up b/c I thought maybe they truly do have resources that aren’t available elsewhere. Well, I didn’t sign up, so I can’t say for sure, but I am betting the listing doesn’t even exist and it is outdated or will be claimed as just a “sample” of a listing upon request for more information. All sounds too shady to me at $50/month. Thanks.

  14. Great article! Thanks for saving me the time and money. I have to agree with what Lori said about being surprised that the jobs they had listed weren’t listed anywhere else… seemed way too good to be true. And, no surprise, it was.

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