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Junior Paralegal - M&A/Private Equity

Job ID: 5485

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Junior Paralegal

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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

POSITION OVERVIEW

A Junior Paralegal, under the supervision and direction of a Paralegal, helps to manage and organize the materials and information relating to particular matters and transactions. These duties allow them the opportunity to work with and assist our legal staff in preparing documents for formation of entities/organizations, due diligence investigations, and deal closings. The projects typically involve clerical duties and basic file organization tasks, and may require long hours and travel.

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

The Junior Paralegal - M&A/Private Equity assists attorneys and legal staff with the preparation of documents necessary to comply with federal, state and local regulations in the conduct of business activities as well as:

  • Prepare and complete UCC search requests and compile information into UCC logs.
  • Prepare and file incorporation and formation documents (Delaware and other jurisdictions), as well as stock certificates, powers of attorney, resignations and standard certificates and resolutions.
  • Interface with corporate service providers regarding statutory registered agent services.
  • Assist with all closing matters: attend to post closing materials such as distribution of documents and original signature pages, prepare and organize documents, prepare and organize materials for shipment, create indexes, assemble documents into tabs and create electronic binders, create stock certificates and legends, deliver and pick up documents to and from various clients and law firms, fill out foreign qualification applications, apply for Employer Identification Numbers from the IRS, order corporate documents, e.g., charters, bylaws, good standings.
  • Keep track of all relevant documents and signature pages for the attorneys and/or paralegals.
  • General corporate housekeeping, e.g., maintenance of corporate minute books, franchise tax filings, annual meetings, preparation of board and stockholder minutes.
  • Proofread, duplicate and scan documents to PDF, format and save to document management system.
  • Perform clerical tasks as needed, e.g., make copies, create folder labels, prepare packages, write generic cover memos, etc.
  • Commitment to work overtime as needed, which may be heavy at times, and may include weekends or holidays with potential to be for extended periods of time. Must be available to travel.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • The ideal Junior Paralegal candidate is a college graduate with a strong interest in the legal profession and corporate law 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 interact professionally with staff, attorneys, legal assistants, clients and vendors. 
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with a team, have an acute attention to detail and the ability to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment.
  • Overtime availability is a must and a college degree is required.

Technologies/Software

  • Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat and a Document Management System.

How to Apply

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