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Junior Paralegal - Real Estate

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Job ID: 5790

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Location: Los Angeles, 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

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 with due diligence, pre-closing, closing and post-closing tasks. The projects typically involve clerical duties and basic file organization tasks, and may require long hours.

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

  • Provide legal and administrative support to Paralegals and Attorneys in the Real Estate Department
  • Review title, survey and zoning and identify material issues
  • Prepare title and survey objection letters and diligence summaries
  • Prepare property charts for multi-site transactions and coordinate diligence review
  • Review leases and prepare lease abstracts
  • Review zoning reports and prepare summaries
  • Coordinate resolution of title issues with title company, client and opposing counsel
  • Coordinate resolution of survey issues with surveyor
  • Create tracking charts to monitor title and survey status
  • Prepare, distribute and coordinate receipt of landlord consents, estoppel certificates, subordination agreements, and prepare tracking charts and status reports
  • Solicit bids for preparation of title and survey and coordinate order of the same
  • Consult with young associates and partners on how to handle basic real estate matters
  • Provide direct support to clients (using discretion to handle matters directly or involving an attorney)
  • Review purchase and sale agreements and prepare closing checklists, critical dates charts
  • Coordinate, prepare and/or obtain title clearance documents and releases
  • Draft real estate closing documents (deeds, transfer declarations, releases, satisfactions, affidavits, assignments, estoppels, owner’s and survey affidavits, gap undertakings, closing statements)
  • Coordinate ordering of UCC searches and prepare summaries of search results
  • Create corporate entities and coordinate qualification to do business in foreign jurisdictions
  • Prepare and file UCC financing statements and amendments
  • Compile invoices from various vendors for purposes of adding to funds flow memorandum or disbursement statements
  • Coordinate preparation of signature pages and completion of signing and notarization process at closing
  • Coordinate delivery of closing documents into escrow and to closing parties
  • Assemble closing documents and coordinate preparation of closing book

Qualifications & Requirements


Education, Work Experience, Skills

Qualified candidates will meet the California Business & Professional Code 6450 (c) requirements and possess a strong interest in the legal profession and Real Estate law. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity and initiative. The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with a team, have an acute attention to detail and be able to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment.  Ability to work overtime is required. Bachelor’s degree is required. 


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

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Bachelor’s degree required.


  • 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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