Job Opportunities for December Graduates

December Graduates: There are plenty of job opportunities for you! If you want to take a gap year or two before law school, a job at a law firm is a great idea. Law firms often hire recent graduates to be project assistants, junior paralegals, and legal assistants.

Current Openings:

Jenner & Block, Project Assistant

Chicago, Illinois Office

Job Description: The Project Assistant works under the supervision of a paralegal on all aspects of a case which includes creating and maintaining case files, assisting with trial preparation and performing document production.


Sinars Rollins, Legal Assistant

Chicago, Illinois Office

Job Description: With offices in Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois, Sinars Rollins L.L.C. is dedicated to defending product manufacturers, premises owners, distributors and contractors in product liability and toxic tort claims. The job opening is for the Chicago, Illinois office.


Foley & Lardner, Intellectual Property Project Assistant

Madison, Wisconsin Office

Job Description:  The ideal candidate should have a college degree and either previous exposure to the field of Intellectual Property or an office environment. However, college graduates or self-starters with strong problem-solving skills, but no previous IP or office experience, will be considered. Candidate must have a working knowledge of Microsoft products and an accurate minimum typing speed of 50 wpm. Position requires excellent attention to detail, strong organizational and prioritization skills with the ability to meet deadlines. Analytical thinking and problem solving skills are essential.


King & Spalding, Project Assistant

Washington D.C. Office

Job Description: The Project Assistant is responsible for performing a variety of duties, under general supervision and according to established policies and procedures, to assist attorneys and paralegals, primarily with the Government Advocacy & Public Policy and Business Litigation Practice Groups, as well as any other team in need. Maintains positive contact with clients and observes confidentiality of client matters.


Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Project Assistant

Washington D.C. Office

Job Description: Project Legal Assistants assist our legal staff in preparing for depositions, due diligence investigations, pre and post-closing transactional work, document productions, and hearings and trials. Under the appropriate supervision and reporting to the Legal Assistant Manager, the qualified candidate will effectively support attorneys and senior legal assistants on a wide range of legal tasks from case inception through case closure.


Sidley Austin, Project Assistant

Washington D.C.

Job Description: A two-year position supporting paralegals and attorneys in various practice groups. This position is an opportunity for individuals interested in law school to gain legal experience.


Kirkland & Ellis, Junior Paralegal

Los Angeles, CA Office

Job Description: The Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a Litigation Jr. Paralegal who, under the supervision and direction of a Paralegal, helps to manage and organize the materials and information relating to particular matters and transactions. These duties allow them the opportunity to work with and assist our legal staff in preparing for depositions, due diligence investigations, document productions, trials. The projects typically involve basic file organization tasks and may require long hours and travel.


Cravath, Swaine, & Moore, Litigation Legal Assistant

New York, New York Office

Job Description: The Litigation Legal Assistant at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP works in a team environment assisting litigation attorneys in all phases of the litigation lifecycle, ranging from pre-complaint investigation through trial and appeal. This position is located in our New York office and the start date will be in December 2017 or January 2018.


There is also a job posting for a June 2018 start date:—june-2018-start/job

Make sure your resumes and cover letters have been reviewed before applying to these positions or any others. The Career Center is offering Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Reviews this week and next!

Friday December 1 from 2:00 – 4:30PM at the Career Center, Resource Center

Sunday December 3 from 4:00 – 9:00PM at the Undergraduate Library, Consultation Corner

Monday December 4 from 2:00 – 4:30PM at the Career Center, Resource Center

Tuesday December 5 from 2:00 – 4:30PM at the Career Center, Resource Center

Tuesday December 5 from 5:30 – 7:30PM  at the IKE, Room 1010A

The Career Center’s Resource Center is located at 715 S Wright St. Champaign, IL 61820, just across from the Alma Mater.