In this fascinating ethnography combining participant observation and interviews, Robert A. Brooks makes the case that the use of temporary contract lawyers by large law firms constitutes a type of legal labor that will be employed increasingly in the future, a trend producing a “legal underclass” of overqualified and underpaid attorneys, alienated from their professional training and identity. While working on his doctoral dissertation in Sociology on another topic, Brooks used his law degree to gain employment over approximately thirty-six months on seventeen temporary document review projects on behalf of nine different law firms in Washington, D.C. During this time, Brooks realized that the temporary, contract legal workforce might present a significant topic and legal employment trend and, thus, began taking field notes and interviewing twenty fellow “temps” working on these generally large staffed projects. As he explored further, he found very little academic research, with most writing produced by placement agency personnel and the legal press. This writing, by and large, portrayed contract lawyering in an uncritical way, and few existing works included the perspective of temporary lawyers for large firms. Brooks uses his research to support a claim that contract lawyering is part of a trend toward “deprofessionalization,” whereby those in high status occupations such as attorneys lose control over their work, rarely are called upon to use their expert knowledge developed through specialized training, and often begin to question or even lose completely their identity as a professional.