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Junior Paralegal, Litigation

Job ID: 7893

Updated: Jun 24, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Junior Paralegal


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

A two-year position supporting paralegals and attorneys in the litigation group. This position is an opportunity for individuals interested in law school to gain prior legal experience.

A Junior Paralegal, under the supervision and direction of a Paralegal, performs substantive tasks that assist our paralegal and attorney teams in preparing the case at every stage of the litigation process from case inception to completion (initial pleading, factual discovery, expert discovery, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial/appellate stages). The projects range from case material compilation for attorney review to participation at trial. Extensive hours and travel required. This is not an administrative position.

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

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Perform work in an efficient and cost-effective manner; meet expectations of billable hours
  • Assist with the court filings and services, trial preparation, and the preparation, production, and organization of electronic and paper legal documents
  • Perform manual and electronic searches using external systems and internal databases, as well as manage databases in accordance with firm standards, coordinate with internal resources and outside vendor services
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others
  • Comply with and understand firm operation, policies, and procedures. Perform other related duties as assigned; adapt to various firm resources, e.g., TextMap, Relativity, SharePoint and DMS
  • Commitment to work overtime and travel as needed, which maybe be extensive at times, and may include weekends or holidays with potential to be for extended periods of time and on short notice
  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Fundamental proficiency in Microsoft Office to include Excel, PowerPoint, and applicable skills
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational, and planning skills; strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as effectively within a team
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality

How to Apply

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