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Legal Education & Development Coordinator

Job ID: 6583

Updated: May 16, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, 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

The Chicago office is seeking a Legal Education and Development Coordinator to support local training initiatives as well as Firmwide programs as a key member of the Legal Recruiting and Development Department (LRD).

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent 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.  This position requires a high level of collaboration with staff and attorneys and staff and the ability to work independently.  This position requires the exercise of independent judgment.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.  Law firm, Professional Service, and/or experience within a learning and development is a plus.  Technical experience should include MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

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

  • Support the Firmwide guidance for managing Chicago CLE compliance procedures and protocol for Chicago licensed/local attorneys
    • Validating Chicago CLE program data and information/ Track attendance for in-house programs and prepare participation reports
    • Participating in CLE compliance and audit procedures
  • Assistance and support in executing the Associate Review process (e.g. database support, report preparation, etc.)
  • Assistance with the coordination/support of annual attorney programs, both local and firmwide (where needed), such as Kirkland University, Summer Associate programming, and programming as assigned
    • Communicate/collaborate on scheduling, handouts, logistical and technical details
    • Support delivery excellence for Chicago Office summer associate training programming through collaboration with our firm’s Recruiting and Legal Education and Development teams
  • Attend Legal Education and Development departmental staff meetings
  • Assist with other administrative duties such as creating surveys, survey reports, organizing, support local development, pro bono and diversity projects as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

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

  • Prepare, support, and distribute department materials
  • Assist in meeting support
  • Execute accurate and timely entry of departmental data into various databases
  • Maintain files
  • Prepare check requests and expense reports
  • Maintain departmental calendars
  • Provide event, travel, and general logistical support
  • General administrative duties including filing, copying, and document preparation
  • Willingness to grow and develop a skillset in Professional Learning and Development methodology
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience working for a law firm is preferred
  • Experience or exposure to working with Learning and Development functions
  • Experience working in a professional service firm is desirable
  • The ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Very strong attention to detail
  • Professional demeanor and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results; position requires a high level of collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases 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

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