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Legal Training & Development Coordinator

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Job ID: 4477

Updated: Mar 9, 2018

Location: Houston, TX, United States

Category: Human Resources

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions


As a member of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting and Development Department, the Houston Legal Training & Development Coordinator will work with all aspects of Attorney Recruiting and Development/Training programs in Houston. The assistant will also support the Attorney Development/Training team and is responsible for assisting the overall administration of attorney training and development. Individual must 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. Individual must be flexible with work allocation and have the ability to work overtime.

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


  • Focus on initiatives and programs related to the development, training, morale and retention of attorneys.

  • Coordinate Mentoring, Parenting Link, Diversity and Women’s Leadership Initiative programs by planning and attending events, lunches, meetings and monitoring participation of attorneys.

  • Monitor and process sponsorship efforts for women and diversity related organizations.

  • Support all facets of the annual Associate Review process by creating and organizing materials regarding associate performance, office hours, compensation factors, and bonus; maintain current status update through all stages of process.

  • Coordinate training programs including CLE.

  • Work with Attorney Recruiting Department to coordinate Summer Associate Program and New Associate Orientation.

  • Coordinate attorney transfers and internal and external secondments.

  • Assist with visa and immigration needs for foreign national attorneys.

  • Track department budget and maintain close records of department spending.

  • Prepare reports related to budget, WLI, diversity, affinity groups, associate reviews, bar admissions as needed.

  • Mentor and delegate to department assistants.

  • Act as contact for new associates’ bar admission including monitoring status, completing employment affidavits, processing and tracking bar-related expenses.

  • Collaborate with administrative department staff.

  • Update Attorney Development Sharepoint sites as necessary.

  • Additional projects or tasks that relate to Legal Recruiting, Training & Development, as needed.

  • Work on multiple projects in a fast paced environment

  • Ability to interact with staff and attorneys on all levels

  • Proofreading skills and strong attention to detail

  • Ability to troubleshoot

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

  • Exercise confidentiality

  • Ability to be a team-player

  • Ability to prioritize work

  • Ability to work overtime

  • Prepare attorneys for hire

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

  • Prepare and distribute department materials

  • Assist in meeting support

  • Accurate and timely entry of departmental data into various databases

  • Maintain files

  • Prepare check requests

  • Maintain departmental calendars

  • Provide event support

  • General administrative duties including filing, copying, and document preparation

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and at least 2 years of experience in law firm training or development is preferred

  • Experience working for a law firm is preferred. 

  • The ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills

  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment

  • Very strong attention to detail

  • Professional demeanor and strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results; position requires a high level of collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to exercise independent judgment.

  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and using the Internet is required

  • Working knowledge of relational databases preferred

  • Typing speed of 50+ wpm is required

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.

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