Decided not to go to law school but still want to explore the field? The Project Assistant (PA) Program at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, in Chicago (www.kirkland.com) is a 1-2 year program where the PAs work with legal assistants and attorneys on specific projects in any number of departments within the law firm. Participants in the program are typically individuals that are thinking about going to law school but who want to work in a legal setting first. No prior legal experience is needed, but the K&E folks want people who are not afraid of technology, who are comfortable working with Excel, PowerPoint, etc., and who are willing to work hard, take initiative and be creative. The salary is described as competitive. There is no identified deadline for submitting a resume, but as openings occur (late spring/early summer is a big turnover time for this program so they are looking now) candidates are contacted. If you are interested in this program, please email your cover letter and resume to: Nicole Kopel, Recruiting Specialist, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP (email@example.com) and mention your interest in the Project Assistant Program in your cover letter.