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Attorney Licensure Compliance Manager

Job ID: 7675

Updated: Mar 14, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Risk Management


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 alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; 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 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual for the role of Attorney Licensure Compliance Manager.  This full-time position in the Risk Management Compliance Department leads the Firm with U.S. bar admissions compliance. The Attorney Licensure Compliance Manager is in a highly visible role and interacts with all administrative departments, particularly Legal Recruiting, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Employee Relations and all attorneys at the Firm.

The successful candidate will be a natural leader with a prior background in risk management and compliance and experience with laws and regulations.  The candidate will be able to work both independently and collaboratively, as well as manage strict deadlines for the team.  Qualified candidates will have excellent organizational and communication skills, an analytical mindset, and be a strong leader. This position requires the highest level of attention to detail, an ability to handle multiple tasks, and a proficiency with Word, Excel, and the internet.  Must also be skilled at writing and proofreading.


  • As a member of the Risk Management Compliance team, the Attorney Licensing Compliance Manager will be leading the Firm’s U.S. bar admissions compliance program, which includes all U.S. state licensure and federal admissions.
  • Continue to build and lead licensure program at the firm and provide continuous improvements, enhancements and strategic initiatives.
  • Lead and manage attorney licensing team
  • Support the maintain the firm’s bar admissions data and records, so it is accurate and current for each attorney.
  • Monitor bar admissions activity for laterals, transfers, incoming associates and permanent remote attorneys, who are seeking admission in a jurisdiction.
  • Lead confirmation and responses to bar verification requests by conducting searches for attorneys barred in specific jurisdictions.
  • Facilitate payments on behalf of the firm to various bar jurisdictions for annual bar renewals
  • Act as a firm administrator to certain bars to facilitate registrations, compliance activities and firm payments.
  • Proactively respond to firm-wide inquiries through a shared email inbox and respond accurately and in a timely manner to requests.
  • Understand and ensure adherence with the firm’s various bar admission policies and own updates to these policies as the business and requirements evolves.
  • Proficiency in general data management and develop and maintain metrics and/or dashboard for bar admissions.
  • Lead communications, develop training, resources and materials around bar admissions compliance, expectations and deadlines.
  • Support execution of compliance improvement including gaps, streamline processes and provide insight into workflow improvements.
  • Properly escalate bar admissions-related issues properly to Associate Director, Risk Management Compliance.
  • Special projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of work experience is required
  • J.D. preferred. Paralegal, regulatory or bar admissions experience is a plus.
  • Ability to assist the Risk Management Compliance Manager in coordinating assignments for the team
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Able to manage and meet strict deadlines
  • Exhibit superior organizational skills
  • Possess excellent communication skills, especially in writing, customer service, and proofreading


  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and the internet.


This job operates in a professional office environment.

How to Apply

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