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Junior Paralegal - ESG & Impact

Job ID: 6231

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, 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

The Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis is seeking a Paralegal to support our ESG & Impact practice, a rapidly growing practice with the broad mandate to integrate ESG and impact considerations into all aspects of Kirkland’s legal practice for private fund sponsor and public company clients. 

Essential Functions

  • ESG Research.  Conduct database searches and other ESG research in support of a variety of matters for fund sponsor and public company clients, such as ESG due diligence on transactions and public company ESG benchmarking.  The ideal candidate will master using the research tools to which we have access—including LexisNexis, WestLaw, S&P Capital IQ Pro, Preqin, and Intelligize—as well as searching publicly available information, to find relevant ESG data, and be able not only to perform assigned research tasks but also suggest avenues of additional research appropriate to the particular matter.
  • Information and Document Review, Management, and Presentation.  Review ESG information and documents and organize to facilitate analysis by attorneys and clients, including through preparation of written summaries, PowerPoint presentations, and indices and creation of DMS and other filing systems.
  • Support of Client Teams.  Assist with organizing, tracking, and advising partners on work streams for key clients of the practice, in order to ensure all tasks are completed consistently and on time.
  • Practice Support and Other Tasks.  Following completion of matters, assist with identifying/preparing, collating, and redacting scopes of work, deliverables, and other key documents that should be included in the practice group’s precedent files.  Collaborate as needed on other practice development initiatives with the ESG & Impact attorneys and business development team.

Qualifications & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree required; ABA Certified Paralegal Certificate preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: strong coordination and teamwork skills; planning and organization skills, including the ability to manage a number of projects concurrently; excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; proactive approach and the ability to work "hands-on" as required; strong problem-solving skills; proficiency in the use of software, including Word and Excel.

Junior Paralegals are full-time employees, and are eligible for paid holidays, paid vacation days, sick days, and insurance, as well as overtime and bonuses.  In addition, we offer a very competitive salary as well as excellent opportunities for advancement into Paralegal positions

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