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Junior Paralegal - Environmental Transactions

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Job ID: 5198

Updated: Oct 24, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Category: Junior Paralegal


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

Junior Paralegals work under the supervision and direction of a paralegal and/or Advisor.   The Junior Paralegal performs substantive tasks that assist our paralegal and attorney teams in preparing for the transaction at every stage. The Junior Paralegal assists paralegal and/or Advisor in all phases of the process. Long hours and travel required. This is not an administrative position.



  • Provide support to Paralegals, Advisor and Attorneys.
  • Become thoroughly familiar with each assigned active matter by understanding the nature of the documents and their relationship to the transaction in order to be responsive to document requests.
  • Assist as a custodian of any and all documents, media and databases relevant to the transaction.
  • Organize materials from vendors and government agencies.
  • Compile and organize materials; and compile relevant documents in databases and network drives to maintain an accessible file.
  • Employ various Firm resources and shared network drives.
  • Commitment to work overtime and travel as needed, which maybe be heavy 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

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ideal Junior Paralegal candidate is a college graduate with a strong interest in the legal profession with the ability to commit to the position for at least two years. Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary with the ability to take direction, welcome constructive feedback, interact professionally with staff, attorneys, paralegals, clients and vendors. A successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with a team, have an acute attention to detail, takes initiative and is able to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment. Strong technical and critical thinking skills are required.Overtime and travel availability is a must and a college degree is required.


  • Experience particularly with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and a Document Management System is needed and knowledge of Carpe Diem, Westlaw, and LegalKey is a plus.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • N/A

Tools and Equipment

  • Please list any/all tools and equipment the position will require the usage of, if they have not already been listed. Standard equipment like phones, computers, etc., do not necessarily need to be listed. Delete if not applicable.



  • 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

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