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Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Accounting & Legal
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a law firm with approximately 1,600 lawyers representing global clients in complex litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, corporate and tax, restructuring, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices ... Read more

Mission: Kirkland's principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere; to be an instrumental part of each client's success; and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal talent. Our Firm seeks long-term ... Read more

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  • "Junior paralegal - Great entry level job for someone wanting to be in the legal field"

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    Current Employee - Junior Paralegal in Chicago, IL
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    I have been working at Kirkland & Ellis full-time (More than a year)


    Great benefits - breakfast everyday, overtime meals, overtime transportation home, 401(k) plan easy to get on board with. Great amount of holiday time off considering it's such a large firm - they let you off 2 hours early the Friday before a long weekend which is fantastic, but you can't always capitalize on it because the attorneys will need things last minute since they know you won't be there Monday. However, you get double time if you work during those two hours till 5, so really it's not a terrible deal! Double time pay for weekends and vacations, 1.5 time for every hour you work over 40 hours during a week. So great compensation if you're working tons of overtime.

    I love my senior paralegal but it's somewhat luck of the draw. Most are great, but there are one or two nightmares around. Luckily I haven't had to work with them much. You mostly stay within your normal team.


    Sometimes difficult to make billable hour minimums depending on your team and how cases are moving. Work flow isn't always consistent, as sometimes all your cases are crazy busy and you have overtime/full day of billable hours, and sometimes everything is dead and there is nothing to do. Can be nice in some aspects to get breaks, but also nerve-wracking since you're not meeting billable hours. Having to constantly search for more billable work in these periods. However, some teams never get breaks and have constant overtime, so it really just depends on your team.

    Also, it's difficult to figure out when to take time off since sometimes they'll need you to be working last minute, even if you already have plans. I had to miss a planned vacation because of this once (though I was temporarily working for another team). My team is usually pretty flexible with that, but it's still difficult to make any set in stone vacation plans since you don't always know when attorneys will need you. Also, sometimes you feel bad taking any time off since you're at the bottom of the totem pole, but obviously in some situations it's unavoidable.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure senior people aren't being terrible to the juniors, because some of them are but juniors are too scared to say anything to management because we're at the bottom of the totem pole.

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    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Kirkland & Ellis.


    It was years ago, so it's different now. There is a lot of testing of computer skills. I believe there are also layers of verbal interviews today with various attorneys with whom the applicant will be working.

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Kirkland & Ellis Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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