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Legal Recruiting & Development Assistant

Job ID: 7919

Updated: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Dallas, TX, 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 Dallas office is looking to add a Legal Recruiting Assistant to provide strategic support to the Non-Lateral (Campus) recruiting efforts of the Dallas office. This individual will join a dynamic local team which partners closely with our other Texas offices, Austin and Houston, as well as the broader Firmwide Legal Recruiting and Development (LRD) department.

The ideal candidate will be an adept and proactive team player with strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Relationships are important so we are looking for someone to build connections among attorneys and staff; this position requires the ability to exercise independent judgment and confidentiality

Specific Job Duties (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)


  • Assist with fall on-campus interviewing administration including: 
  • Entering and maintaining all candidate information into Firm’s database
  • Processing candidate expense reports
  • Preparing materials for on-campus interviews and callback meetings
  • Generating offer and rejection letters
  • Communicate with applicants to schedule interviews, and assist with callbacks
  • Greet applicants and escort them to and from in-office interviews
  • Assist in executing outreach events on campus
  • Ensuring receipt of applicant materials for all candidates
  • Assist in the Summer Associate Program, including: 
  • Creating the Summer Associate picture book
  • Preparing summer associate mailings
  • Managing and processing all summer associate paperwork
  • Preparing files for mid-summer/end of summer reviews
  • Preparing orientation materials
  • Tracking event RSVPs
  • Creating event materials/marketing (invitations, nametags, etc)
  • Assists with planning summer events
  • Attending summer events outside of business hours, as needed
  • Prepare surveys to track feedback and progress throughout the summer
  • Process and manage expenses and budget, as needed

Attorney Engagement

  • Assist in the coordination of key annual processes including but not limited to the Associate Review and New Associate Orientation programs.
  • Provide support for Firm events including but not limited to Women’s Leadership Initiative and Diversity & Inclusion sponsored activities
  • Provide administrative support for events and development programs (which may require lunch hour and evening overtime)
  • Track attorney mentoring program updates and assist with mentor assignment process
  • Miscellaneous administrative duties such as filing, creating labels, nametags, managing swag, scanning and copying

Legal Education & Development

  • Provide support for Firm events including but not limited to Kirkland University trainings, and other Firmwide and local office legal education trainings

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience
  • 1+ years of experience in an office setting is required; experience working for a law firm, preferred
  • Highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; a very strong attention to detail; and a professional demeanor
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results
  • Highly collaborative and the ability to exercise independent judgment. It also requires a significant amount of overtime during our busy summer and fall seasons
  • Technical experience should include MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • 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

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