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Research Specialist

Job ID: 7761

Updated: Apr 10, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Category: Research & Knowledge Services


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

The Research Specialist is responsible for providing non-legal research services to attorneys and staff both on-site and remotely on a time-critical basis.

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

  1. As part of the Research Services team, performs non-legal research on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, corporate and financial transactions, intellectual property ownership, expert witnesses, litigation, etc.
  2. Uses critical thinking to analyze each request and identify the best research resources for an efficient and cost-effective resolution.
  3. Demonstrates an expert level of proficiency in research, including selecting resources, search strategy and syntax, and licensing restrictions.  Presents research results in a clear and logical manner, including summarization / analysis of the results and suggestions for further research.
  4. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and the ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple projects.
  5. Provides reference desk coverage including the intake and assignment of new research requests, managing research workload to ensure all deadlines are met, and reviewing work product for quality control.
  6. Other administrative projects, as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, proactive person with a Master’s degree in library science or business. 
  • Candidate should have 5+ years of working research experience in a large law firm or corporate library and be knowledgeable about business, corporate transactional, intellectual property and legal research resources. 
  • Strong customer service orientation, ability to work independently as well as part of a firm-wide research team and capable of handling multiple tasks and setting priorities is essential. 
  • Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to work with individuals at all organizational levels.

How to Apply

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