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Legal Recruiting Specialist

Job ID: 6543

Updated: May 3, 2022

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & Development

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About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

POSITION OVERVIEW

The New York office is seeking a Legal Recruiting Specialist as part of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting and Development Department.  The Legal Recruiting Specialist will provide strategic support to the Non-Lateral (Campus) recruiting efforts of the New York office.

This position requires a high level of collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to work independently.  This position requires the exercise of independent judgment.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; a very strong attention to detail; and a professional demeanor.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Collaborate with LRD, hiring partners and Recruiting Committee to develop, implement and manage recruiting strategies and programs
  • Oversee the non-lateral hiring process (including 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, Clerks), including managing on-campus interviews, job fairs and resume collections
  • Supervise law student outreach including panels, receptions, mentoring programs, sponsorships, etc.
  • Implement all aspects of the Summer Associate Program, including planning and attending summer associate events, managing work assignments and the review process.
  • Source candidates and review candidate materials
  • Ensure the regular maintenance of, and contribution to, attorney applicant databases for purposes of applicant tracking
  • Develop, prepare and analyze relevant reports, projections, and statistical data as needed
  • Collaborate with other Kirkland offices and departments to identify efficiencies and best practices
  • Supervision of department coordinators and assistants
  • Work closely with Legal Recruiting & Development team to assist with ad hoc projects as needed

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

5 years of experience, preferably in law firm or other professional services environment. The candidate must also demonstrate strong leadership, problem-solving, and strategic planning skills, and the ability to work across all levels of management with various personality types; build relationships, be proactive, stay organized, and multitask in a fast-paced, pressured environment. A Bachelor’s degree is required, along with superior verbal and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise regarding attorney recruitment activities;
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to design short-term and long-term goals, with clear criteria to measure success and return on investment;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills;
  • A proactive approach and the ability to work "hands-on";
  • High degree of comfort interacting with attorneys at all levels;
  • Strong presentation skills combined with confidence and poise;
  • Proficiency in the use of office software, including Microsoft Office. Experience with ViDesktop preferred.

How to Apply

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