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Legal Recruiting Manager (Century City)

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Job ID: 5089

Updated: Jul 1, 2019

Location: Los Angeles, CA, 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


In collaboration with the Attorney Recruiting Committee, the Attorney Recruiting Manager is responsible for the success of all aspects of attorney recruiting including (but not limited to):  the Summer Associate Program, Fall recruitment initiatives, and lateral hires; new attorney orientation; managing the department budget; and the management of law school and vendor relationships.  In addition, the Manager communicates goals and objectives to departmental staff, monitors the performance of departmental personnel and identifies performance issues, oversees the performance evaluation process, conducts disciplinary actions, handles employee-related issues and assists with the recruitment of new full-time Attorney Recruiting staff.

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

Attorney Recruitment

  • Manage the Summer Associate Program, Fall recruitment initiatives, and lateral hires;
  • Participate in Recruiting Committee meetings;
  • Provide strategic direction and implementation for hiring programs;
  • Develop strategic marketing plan for recruiting;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with law schools and placement firms; and
  • Stays current with attorney recruiting industry trends through participation in industry associations.

Attorney Orientation

  • Firm-wide orientation w/ senor partner and administrative managers;
  • Professional Responsibility orientation w/ partner in charge;
  • Human Resources Orientation; and
  • Counsels attorneys, assists in their acclimation to the firm and coordinates issues/needs with the Attorney Training and Development Managers

Special Projects

  • Partner with Attorney Training and Development leaders to work on special projects geared towards continuous improvement of functions and processes related to Attorney Recruiting.
  • Drive the implementation of special projects and new initiatives for Staff Recruiting.
  • Prepare, analyze, and present project requirements, monitor project status, and provide updates to recruiting and business leaders.

General administration

  • Supervises Attorney Recruiting staff;
  • Hires, reviews, disciplines and terminates staff as needed;
  • Manages department budget; and
  • Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years managing strategic recruitment for a large law firm or professional service corporation.  A Bachelor's degree and active membership in LAALRA and NALP is required.

This position requires an individual with superior customer service, professional communication, and team leadership abilities.  The selected candidate will demonstrate outstanding performance management, project and budget management, and time management skills. The selected candidate will demonstrate expertise in attorney recruitment best practices and will have the ability to influence others, work across all levels of management, and work with various personality types.


  • MS Office required specifically including Excel and PowerPoint.


  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

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.