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Loyola University Chicago Institute for Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Trainee

  • Entry Level
  • Full Time
  • Student Appropriate
  • Chicago, IL

Website Kirkland & Ellis

Paralegal Trainee – Kirkland & Ellis

A one-year fixed term position supporting paralegals and attorneys in the Investment Funds Group. This position is an opportunity for individuals interested in a paralegal career path to gain legal experience and on the job training. After completion of the apprentice program, if all metrics are achieved, successful candidates will receive an invitation to apply for a Paralegal I position.


A Paralegal Trainee, under the supervision and direction of a Paralegal, performs substantive tasks that assist our legal teams in organizing and preparing critical information for the Investment Funds group including forms for the SEC and other regulatory agencies. The position offers meaningful hands-on work experiences while leveraging training, mentoring, and opportunities to develop legal expertise within our Investment Funds Group.


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

Responsibilities consist of a variety of billable and non-billable tasks, including, but not limited to, the following:

  •  Attends training classes and completes requirements for skills  enhancement.  Partakes in formal assessments and meets developmental milestones on particular skills and legal technology
  • Prepares and files (or coordinates the filing of) formation, tax and securities documents
  • Prepares and maintains various spreadsheets and reports
  • Assists with pre-closing, closing and post-closing activities
  • Prepares and files Form ID with the SEC and obtains SEC EDGAR codes
  • Prepares and files Form D with SEC
  • Prepares and files Blue Sky filings with state filing offices
  • Assists with preparing Form ADV and Form PF with the SEC
  • Assists with preparing Form 13F and Form 13H with the SEC
  • Assists with production of confidential client documents in connection with SEC exams
  • Provides legal and administrative support to Paralegals and Attorneys in the Corporate Department
  • Proofread, duplicate and scans documents to PDF and saves to DMS
  • Perform clerical tasks as needed, e.g. make copies, create folder labels, prepare packages, write generic cover memos, etc.
  • Commitment to work overtime as needed, which may be heavy at times, and may include weekends or holidays with potential to be for extended periods of time and on short notice
  • Coordinates with internal resources and outside vendor services on among other tasks, the preparation, production and organization of legal documents
  • Perform manual and electronic searches using external systems and internal databases, as well as manage databases in accordance with firm standards
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others
  • Comply with and understand firm operation, policies and procedures
  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management


Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Paralegal Certificate from an ABA accredited program preferred or in process;
  • Fundamental proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
  • Excellent organizational, and planning skills; strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as effectively within a team;
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality;
  • Eagerness to learn and develop new skills, flexible;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment;
  • Technologies/Software:
  • Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and a form of Document Management System. 


How to Apply

Please apply directly via our careers page – Paralegal Trainee in Chicago, IL – Kirkland & Ellis
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