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Lateral Recruiting Specialist

Job ID: 4608

Updated: Jun 8, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Human Resources


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Chicago office is seeking a Lateral Legal Recruiting Specialist to support the Legal Recruiting efforts.  As part of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting and Development Department (“LRD”), the Lateral Legal Recruiting Specialist will be responsible for coordination of all aspects of lateral attorney recruiting with direction from the Associate Director of Lateral Legal Recruiting, including, but not limited to, lateral hiring and relationship building with recruits, search firms, and vendors.

The individual must demonstrate sound judgment, strong client service and a professional demeanor; possess excellent oral and written communication skills; have the utmost respect for confidentiality; attention to detail; work independently and be able to follow up with minimal instructions; have the ability to prioritize work and work on multiple projects in a fast paced environment.

Ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years recruiting experience (including some lateral recruiting experience), preferably in a law firm or professional services environment. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

  • Communicate and work closely with senior partners within all practice areas regarding lateral needs
  • Act as primary contact for judicial clerks, lateral candidates and headhunters
  • Source candidates and review candidate materials
  • Schedule interviews and meet candidates
  • Collect & distribute interview feedback
  • Accurately track all candidates
  • Update Kirkland’s website with open position information
  • Coordinate judicial clerk outreach and receptions
  • Manage pipeline of transfer attorneys to/from Chicago office
  • Prepare new-hire paperwork
  • Coordinate new-hire orientation and onboarding
  • Focus on lateral attorney integration
  • Provide reports and statistical data as needed
  • Work closely with Legal Recruiting and Development Team to assist with ad hoc projects as needed

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of recruiting experience in a law firm or professional service industry.  The candidate must also demonstrate strong leadership, problem-solving, and strategic planning skills, and the ability to work across all levels of management with various personality types; build relationships, be proactive, stay organized, and multitask in a fastpaced, pressured environment.  A Bachelor’s degree is required, along with superior verbal and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise regarding lateral attorney recruitment activities;
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to design short-term and long-term goals, with clear criteria to measure success and return on investment;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to excel in a multiple authorities environment;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills;
  • A proactive approach and the ability to work "hands-on" as required;
  • Ability to interact with partners, coupled with a presence that engenders confidence from firm management, attorneys, and candidates;
  • Strong presentation skills combined with confidence and poise;
  • A Bachelor’s degree combined with a minimum of five years of recruiting experience, preferably in a large law firm or other professional services environment;
  • Proficiency in the use of software, including Microsoft Office. Experience with ViDesktop preferred.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

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