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Junior Paralegal - Litigation

Job ID: 6033

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, 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 two-year position supporting paralegals and attorneys in the litigation group. This position is an opportunity for individuals interested in law school to gain prior legal experience.

A Junior Paralegal, under the supervision and direction of a Paralegal, performs substantive tasks that assist our paralegal and attorney teams in preparing the case at every stage of the litigation process from case inception to completion (initial pleading, factual discovery, expert discovery, pre-trial, trial and post-trial/appellate stages). The projects range from case material compilation for attorney review to participation at trial. Extensive hours and travel required. This is not an administrative position.


Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Perform work in an efficient and cost-effective manner; meet expectations of billable hours;
  • Assist with the court filings and services, trial preparation, and the preparation, production and organization of legal documents and binders;
  • Assist with preparation for interviews, depositions, and/or client meetings;
  • Organize and manage electronic and paper files;
  • Perform manual and electronic searches using external systems and internal databases, as well as manage databases in accordance with firm standards;
  • Coordinate with internal resources and outside vendor services;
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others;
  • Comply with and understand firm operation, policies and procedures. Perform other related duties as assigned;
  • Work overtime as required; travel as required;
  • Handle additional related projects as assigned;
  • Employ various firm resources, e.g. TextMap, Relativity, SharePoint, LegalKey and DMS;
  • Commitment to work overtime and travel as needed, which maybe be extensive 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


  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Fundamental proficiency in Microsoft Office to include Excel, PowerPoint and applicable skills;
  • Ability to navigate various electronic databases and document repositories;
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational, and planning skills; strong attention to detail;
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as effectively within a team;
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality;

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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