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Legal Recruiting & Development Assistant

Job ID: 7808

Updated: May 6, 2024

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 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 Los Angeles office is seeking a Legal Recruiting & Development Assistant as part of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting & Development Department (LRD).  Reporting to the Senior Legal Recruiting Manager, the Legal Recruiting & Development Assistant will provide support to the three LRD channels in the Los Angeles office, i.e., Legal Recruiting, Attorney Engagement, and Legal Education & Development.

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.

This position is hybrid. The individual is expected to follow the Firm’s hybrid work model, which requires in-person presence Tuesday-Thursday (with the exception of pre-approved arrangements).

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

  • Provide administrative and general support to all LRD channels in Los Angeles
  • 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.
  • Respond to inquiries from attorneys/staff, as needed
  • Provide support and execution of events across the LRD channels in Los Angeles
  • Coordinate Summer Associate orientation
  • Liaise between the Summer Associates and the attorneys and staff
  • 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
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

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


This job operates in a professional office environment.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

The job postings and recruiting mailbox are for candidates only. If you are a recruiter, search firm or employment agency, and do not have a signed contract with Kirkland & Ellis LLP ("K&E") and have not been asked specifically to submit candidates, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if K&E hires the candidate. Direct contact with K&E employees in an attempt to present candidates is inappropriate and will be a factor in determining any future professional relationship with the Firm. #LI-Hybrid #LI-LW2