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Bar Admissions Compliance Specialist

Job ID: 6476

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Risk Management


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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual for the role of Risk Management Compliance Specialist.  This full-time position in the Risk Management Compliance Department assists the Firm with U.S. bar admissions compliance. The Bar Admissions Compliance Specialist interacts with the entire Risk Management Department, including Business Intake Conflicts, Calendar Court Services, and Information Governance and Records Management personnel.

The successful candidate will be a natural leader with a prior background in risk management and compliance and experience with bar admissions.  The candidate will be able to work both independently and collaboratively, as well as manage strict deadlines for the team.  Qualified candidates will have excellent organizational and communication skills, an analytical mindset, and a customer service orientation. This position requires a strong attention to detail, an ability to handle multiple tasks, and a proficiency with Word, Excel, and the internet.  Must also be skilled at writing and proofreading.

Essential Functions:

  • As a member of the Risk Management Compliance team, the Bar Admissions Specialist will be supporting the firm’s U.S. state bar admissions compliance program; maintain the firm’s bar admissions data, so it is accurate and current for each attorney.
  • Monitor bar admissions activity for laterals, transfers, incoming associates and remote attorneys, who are seeking admission in a jurisdiction. Appropriately
  • Confirm and respond to bar verification requests by conducting searches for attorneys barred in specific jurisdictions
  • Facilitate payments on behalf of the firm, to various bar jurisdictions for annual bar renewals
  • Proactively respond to firm-wide inquiries through a shared email inbox, and respond accurately and in a timely manner to requests
  • Understand and ensure adherence with the firm’s various bar admission policies
  • Proficiency in general data management, and develop and maintain metrics and/or dashboard for bar admissions
  • Lead communications, develop training, resources and materials around bar admissions compliance, expectations and deadlines
  • Support execution of compliance improvement including gaps, streamline processes and provide insight into workflow improvements
  • Properly escalate bar admissions-related issues properly to Risk Management Compliance Manager
  • Special projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of work experience is required.  Paralegal, regulatory or bar admissions experience is a plus.
  • Ability to assist the Risk Management Compliance Manager in coordinating assignments for the team
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Able to manage and meet strict deadlines
  • Exhibit superior organizational skills
  • Possess excellent communication skills, especially in writing, customer service, and proofreading
  • Can work overtime, particularly during our busy season of January through April


  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and the internet.

Work Environment

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers.

How to Apply

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