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Legal Recruiting Coordinator

Job ID: 7161

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Location: Los Angeles, CA, 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

Position Overview: 

The Los Angeles office is seeking a Legal Recruiting Coordinator as part of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting & Development Department.  The Legal Recruiting Coordinator will provide support to the legal recruiting efforts of the Los Angeles office. 

The ideal candidate will possess excellent oral and written communication skills; be a team player; demonstrate strong client service; have the utmost respect for confidentiality and attention to detail; work independently and be able to follow up with minimal instructions; have the ability to prioritize work and work on multiple projects in a fast paced environment; interact with potential recruits, attorneys and staff at all levels of the Firm’s business; strong organizational skills, demonstrate initiative and work under pressure and deal with demanding deadlines.  Individual must have the ability to work overtime.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

Summer Associate Program

  • Coordinate Summer Associate orientation
  • Plan, coordinate and attend events
  • Track Summer Program budget
  • Liaise between the Summer Associates and the attorneys and staff

Fall Recruiting

  • Coordinate rising 2L receptions
  • Coordinate offer dinners, pre-OCI receptions
  • Manage write-in/resume collection process
  • Assist in preparation for offer decision meetings
  • Assist with high volume of interview scheduling
  • Maintain ViDesktop records


  • Assist with New Associate Orientation as needed
  • Assist with 1L application process
  • Maintain recruiting timeline for events and projects
  • Assist with purchase of Kirkland branded gifts and giveaways
  • Respond to inquiries from attorneys/staff, as needed
  • Assist with administrative support
  • Respond actively, thoroughly and courteously to the needs of clients and internal requests within the firm; volunteer time and knowledge; work effectively and willingly with others.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

  • Two plus years of experience, preferably in law firm or other professional services environment.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills required. Experience with Symplicity and ViDesktop preferred. 

How to Apply

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Closing Statement

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