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Legal Recruiting Manager

Job ID: 6878

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

Location: Houston, TX, 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 Houston office is looking to add a Legal Recruiting Manager to provide strategic support to the Non-Lateral (Campus) recruiting efforts of the Houston office. This individual will join a dynamic local team which partners closely with our other Texas offices, Austin and Dallas, as well as the broader Firmwide Legal Recruiting and Development (LRD) department.

The ideal candidate 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; 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.)

  • Partner with Senior Legal Recruiting Manager, broader TX LRD team, hiring partners and the Recruiting Committee to develop, implement and manage recruiting strategies and programs in order to achieve non-lateral attorney hiring goals
  • Oversee scheduling, event planning and coordination for on-campus interviews and events including offer dinners, pre-OCI receptions and other recruiting initiatives
  • Manage the Non-Lateral (Campus) hiring process and initiatives, including fall and spring campus outreach, sourcing candidates, preparing, updating, and managing the correspondence of offer letters, reviewing offers for consistency and uniformity, and conducting due diligence
  • Build strategic relationships with career services professionals, law student groups and affinity groups to increase Kirkland’s visibility and advance the Firm’s recruiting strategies
  • Ensure OCI team ,maintains the Kirkland databases (vi Recruit) including candidate entry and status updates
  • Direct Summer Associate Program including communication with summer associates, orientation programming, planning and coordination of social events, management of mentoring program, monitoring budget, assignment distribution and the execution of mid and end-of-summer reviews
  • Develop, prepare and analyze relevant reports, projections, and statistical data as needed
  • Collaborate with other Kirkland offices and departments to identify efficiencies and best practices

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

Eight-plus years of experience, preferably in law firm or other professional services environment. 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 fast-paced, pressured environment. A Bachelor’s degree is required, along with superior verbal and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Ability to design short-term and long-term goals, with clear criteria to measure success and return on investment
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • A proactive approach and the ability to work "hands-on"
  • Strong presentation skills combined with confidence and poise
  • High degree of comfort interacting with attorneys at all levels
  • Proficiency in the use of office software, including Microsoft Office. Experience with vi Recruit preferred.


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

How to Apply

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Closing Statement

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