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Legal Recruiting Assistant

Job ID: 7093

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, 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 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 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 Washington, DC office is seeking a Legal Recruiting Assistant to aid in the attorney recruiting process as a key member of the Legal Recruiting and Development Department (LRD).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: the support of law student, entry level and clerk hiring, assistance with the Summer Associate Program, maintenance of the applicant tracking system, and general administrative responsibilities as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist with fall on-campus interviewing administration including: 
  • Entering and maintaining all candidate information into Firm’s database
  • Processing candidate expense reports
  • Preparing materials for on-campus interviews and callback meetings
  • Generating offer and rejection letters
  • Assist in the Summer Associate Program, including: 
  • Creating the Summer Associate picture book
  • Preparing summer associate mailings
  • Managing and processing all summer associate paperwork
  • Preparing files for mid-summer/end of summer reviews
  • Preparing orientation materials
  • Tracking event RSVPs
  • Assist in the New Associate Onboarding/Orientation process, including: 
  • Creating the New Associate picture book
  • Managing and processing all new associate paperwork throughout the year
  • Preparing Human Resources paperwork including processing stipend checks
  • Preparing orientation materials
  • Support lateral hiring team as needed
  • Work with Attorneys, summer associates and recruits to answer questions and be a resource
  • Maintain candidate database as resumes are received and decisions are made
  • Send rejection letters to candidates via email
  • General office duties including:
  • Filing
  • Processing check requests and expense reports
  • Scanning documents and save to Document Management System
  • Generating surveys using Novi survey tool
  • Other duties as assigned by Attorney Recruiting Specialist

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and at least one year of experience in an office setting is required; experience working for a law firm is preferred.  Technical experience should include MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; a very strong attention to detail; and a professional demeanor.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results. 

This position requires collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to exercise independent judgment. It also requires a significant amount of overtime during our busy summer and fall seasons.

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Closing Statement

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