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Legal Recruiting Coordinator

Job ID: 6512

Updated: Apr 20, 2022

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & Development


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

As a member of the Legal Recruiting & Development Department (LRD), the Legal Recruiting Coordinator will support the New York Attorney Recruiting team on all aspects of the summer associate program, on-campus recruiting, campus outreach, clerk recruiting and first year associate recruiting and onboarding.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent oral and written communication skills; be a team player; guide junior members of the team; demonstrate strong client service; have the utmost respect for confidentiality and attention to detail; work independently and be able to follow up with minimal instructions; be results-oriented; have the ability to prioritize work and work on multiple projects in a fast paced environment; interact with potential recruits, attorneys and staff at all levels of the Firm’s business; strong organizational skills, demonstrate initiative and work under pressure and deal with demanding deadlines.  Individual must be flexible to work overtime.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

Summer Associate Program

  • Coordinate orientation and oversee onboarding paperwork
  • Maintain summer associate calendar
  • Plan and attend networking events
  • Coordinate mentor program
  • Support Attorney Engagement Team and Assigning Attorneys to maintain work allocation database
  • Facilitate summer associate reviews
  • Coordinate summer associate departures
  • Liaise between the Summer Associates, the attorneys and staff

On Campus Recruiting

  • Coordinate with all offices and register for on-campus interviews, job fairs and resume collect registrations
  • Maintain OCI calendar and details spreadsheet
  • Review on-campus materials and send to interviewers
  • Schedule 1L, 2L,3L  and LLM students for screening and callback interviews
  • Coordinate follow-up efforts, including offer receptions
  • Ensure data integrity in ViDesktop (candidate database)
  • Prepare relevant reports in ViDesktop for candidate tracking and analysis

Campus Outreach

  • Coordinate law school and law student outreach including panels, receptions, mentoring programs, etc.
  • Process sponsorship requests

Clerk Recruiting

  • Plan and execute clerk recruiting outreach and receptions
  • Circulate clerk candidates to attorneys and schedule interviews


  • Oversee new associate class onboarding/HR paperwork
  • Supervise assistants, temps and summer interns Generate and administer surveys using Novi
  • Update communications and reports in ViDesktop
  • Respond to inquiries from attorneys and staff, as needed
  • Independently liaise and coordinate with departments outside of LRD
  • Assist with administrative support
  • Respond actively, thoroughly and courteously to the needs of clients and internal requests within the firm; volunteer time and knowledge; work effectively and willingly with others

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of professional work experience preferred, preferably in law firm environment


  • Strong Microsoft Office skills including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Symplicity and viDesktop experience preferred

Work Environment

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

The job postings and recruiting mailbox are for candidates only. If you are a recruiter, search firm or employment agency, and do not have a signed contract with Kirkland & Ellis LLP ("K&E") and have not been asked specifically to submit candidates, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if K&E hires the candidate. Direct contact with K&E employees in an attempt to present candidates is inappropriate and will be a factor in determining any future professional relationship with the Firm.