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Research Specialist

Job ID: 4611

Updated: Jun 12, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Research & Knowledge Services


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 Research Specialist position provides non-legal research services for the Firm’s attorneys, paralegals, staff and clients.

  • Performs non-legal research in a wide range of topical areas including, but not limited to, business, corporate transactions, financial transactions, patent and intellectual property, and litigation for attorneys, paralegals, administrative staff and clients in local office an supports other offices, as required.
  • Uses critical thinking to analyze each request and identify the best research resources for efficient and cost-effective resolution.
  • Presents research results in a clear and logical manner, including analysis of the results and suggestions for further research.
  • Maintains a superior level of expertise performing research using tools such as Westlaw and Lexis Advance, as well as specialized tools such as CapitalIQ, Intelligize, Mergermetrics, ProQuest, Wolters Kluwer Cheetah, etc.  
  • Maintains specialized knowledge relating to patent research, IP ownership searching, corporate and financial transactions research.
  • Requires ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple projects.
  • Participates in the regular review and evaluation of new and existing electronic resources with the goal of improved service and research efficiencies.
  • Participates in the ongoing development and maintenance of the Library’s intranet and research guides.
  • Other administrative projects, as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, proactive person with a Master’s degree in library science, business, law, or the humanities.  Candidate should have 3+ years of working research experience in a large law firm or corporate library and be knowledgeable about business, corporate transactional, intellectual property and legal research resources.  Strong customer service orientation, ability to work independently as well as part of a firm-wide research team and capable of handling multiple tasks and setting priorities is essential.  Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to work with individuals at all organizational levels.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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