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Legal Education & Development Assistant

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Job ID: 4607


Location: Chicago, IL, 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

The Chicago office is seeking an Assistant of Legal Education and Development to provide general administrative support and coordination of learning and development activities for the Director of Firmwide Legal Education and Development, and as a team member in support of the greater Legal Recruiting and Development (LRD) department.  As a key member of the global Legal Recruiting and Development Department, the assistant of Legal Education and Development will support the learning and development function and LRD as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; a very strong attention to detail; and a professional demeanor.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results. 

This position requires a high level of collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to work independently.  This position requires the exercise of independent judgment.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.  Law firm and/or experience within a learning and development is a plus.  Technical experience should include MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.


  • General administrative support for Director FW Legal Education & Development, and miscellaneous administrative duties such as filing, creating labels, scanning and copying;
  • Assist with coordination of major annual attorney training programs, such as KITA, KICP, Deposition Training and Writing Advocacy;
  • Serve as liaison to attorneys and staff on assigned training and development programs;
  • Assist with the coordination of department meetings and local training and development programs (which may require lunch hour and evening overtime), ideal candidate can be flexible when working and staying off site;
  • Independently liaise with outside vendors as necessary;
  • Independently liaise and coordinate with firm departments with respect to assigned training and development programs;
  • In collaboration with Department Managers, assist in maintaining budget for assigned training and development programs; assist in ensuring programming remains within set budget;
  • Support the Chicago Office summer associate training program;
  • Communicate and collaborate with other offices on scheduling, handouts, logistical and technical meeting support;
  • Appropriately inform Department Managers of necessary information related to programming;
  • Process local diversity and pro bono related sponsorships as necessary;
  • Provide excellent customer service;
  • Prepare varying reports as needed, including attendance reports for training programs
  • Enter new associate hire data into the Attorney Review Database (ADR);
  • Maintain data on ADR and assist in the preparation of various associate reports for review process;
  • Assistance with secondments as needed;
  • Attend Attorney Training & Development Department staff meetings;
  • Assist with training, development, pro bono and diversity projects as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Prepare and distribute department materials
  • Assist in meeting support
  • Accurate and timely entry of departmental data into various databases
  • Maintain files
  • Prepare check requests and expense reports
  • Maintain departmental calendars
  • Provide event, travel, and general logistical support
  • General administrative duties including filing, copying, and document preparation
  • Willingness to grow and develop a skillset in Professional Learning and Development metholology
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience working for a law firm is preferred. 
  • Experience or exposure to working with Learning and Development functions
  • 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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