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Job ID: 6104

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Category: Legal Secretary/Practice Asst


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


  • The New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a Legal Proofreader.  The successful candidate will have an excellent work ethic and strong teamwork skills in a high volume, minimally staffed environment.  Must be flexible, organized, and be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines with a calm, pleasant demeanor.  Must be able to work with minimal supervision and make independent, well-thought-out decisions.  Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and interact professionally with attorneys, staff and clients. 


  • Perform cold reads (i.e., proofread for typos/grammar, consistency of format)
  • Must be familiar with legal terminology (e.g., case cites, etc.)
  • Familiarity with manual redlining of documents
  • Proofread financial tables for accuracy
  • Familiarity with current Bluebook and Chicago Manual Style proofreading standards
  • Must be able to adapt to the Firm’s Best Practices
  • Must be independent, yet able to contribute as a team player
  • Ability to follow specific guidelines and/or instructions
  • Attention to detail with the ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Available to work overtime, as needed

Qualifications & Requirements


Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A college degree is preferred; equivalent work experience will be considered. 
  • 5+ years of experience as a legal proofreader preferred/desired.


  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat preferred.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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