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Legal Recruiting & Development Assistant

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Job ID: 6869

Updated: Sep 29, 2022

Location: Salt Lake City, UT, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & Development


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

Our rapidly growing Salt Lake City location is looking to add a Legal Recruiting & Development Assistant. This individual will join a tightly knit local team which partners closely with our California offices and the broader Firmwide Legal Recruiting and Development Department (LRD).

This individual will support all aspects of Legal Recruiting and Development/Training programs in the Kirkland & Ellis Salt Lake City office including but not limited to: fall on-campus recruiting, facilitation of the Summer Associate Program and lateral hiring as well as maintenance of recruiting databases, statistics and general office duties.  The Assistant will also support the Attorney Engagement & Development team and is responsible for assisting the overall administration of attorney training and development.

The ideal candidate will will be an adept and proactive team player with strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Relationships are important so we are looking for someone to build connections among attorneys and staff to achieve results; this position requires the ability to exercise independent judgment and confidentiality.

Specific Job Duties (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Hands on scheduling, event planning and coordination for on-campus interviews and events
  • Assist and support broader team with ongoing strategic projects including lateral recruiting, in-house training (including Diversity & Inclusion sponsored activities) and New Associate Orientation
  • Maintain the Kirkland databases (vi Desktop) including candidate entry and status updates
  • Assist with scheduling candidate callback interviews and overall interview calendar
  • Complete administrative functions including candidate expenses, reimbursements, and HR related forms
  • Facilitate assignment distribution and evaluation process
  • Provide administrative support for events and development programs (which may require lunch hour and evening overtime)

Qualifications & Requirements

While the list below encompasses our preferred qualifications, we encourage our team to have a passion for learning new skills and to take advantage of Firm-sponsored professional development opportunities including in-house training, internal learning management system (LMS) and free subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and one-plus years of work experience
  • Experience working for a law firm or professional services is preferred
  • The ideal candidate will:
  • Be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Display an ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Show a professional demeanor and strong interpersonal skills
  • Exhibit a proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as a working knowledge of relational databases

Work Environment:

  • This job operates in a professional office environment.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

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

The job postings and recruiting mailbox are for candidates only. If you are a recruiter, search firm or employment agency, and do not have a signed contract with Kirkland & Ellis LLP ("K&E") and have not been asked specifically to submit candidates, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if K&E hires the candidate. Direct contact with K&E employees in an attempt to present candidates is inappropriate and will be a factor in determining any future professional relationship with the Firm. #LI-Hybrid