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Junior Paralegal (Tax)

Job ID: 6931

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Junior Paralegal


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

The Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a Junior Paralegal for Tax who will support multiple attorneys and paralegals and the overall practice on a variety of matters.


  • Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and a form of Document Management System.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations:

  • Paralegal certification preferred

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

Under the supervision and direction of attorneys, paralegals, managers, and coordinators, junior paralegals assist with aspects of tax related filings and communications relating to those filings.

Junior Paralegals assist paralegals with tax filings, communications and collaborative support including but not limited to the following:

  • Section 83(b) election filings with the IRS
  • Form 8832 with the IRS
  • Form 8875 with the IRS
  • Form 2553 with the IRS
  • Form 1023 with the IRS
  • Form 966 with the IRS
  • Form SS-4 with the IRS to obtain EINs
  • Prepares and distributes communications to the IRS
  • Monitors and handles request from the Firm’s Tax Election Filings email distribution
  • Collaborates with supporting tax election team members
  • Prepares communications with clients and attorneys with respect to tax election filings
  • Obtains information from, and provides information to, clients
  • Obtains information from, and provides information to, attorneys regarding tax filings
  • Compiles documents and distributes for signature
  • Identifies and formulates solutions to problems which may arise
  • Collaborates with various practice groups providing support, as needed
  • Interfaces with IRS or other government agencies
  • Provides direct support to clients (using discretion to handle matters directly or involving an attorney)
  • Handles distribution of original documents
  • Maintains records utilizing DMS and other technologies, as needed

OTHER FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills: 

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree preferred and a strong interest in corporate law including Tax, Investment Funds, M&A, private equity. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication skills, strong computer abilities, creativity, and initiative. The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with a team, have an acute attention to detail and be able to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment.  Ability to work overtime is required.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.  This role is required to work in-office during business hours.

How to Apply

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