Dentons US LLP is currently recruiting for a Legal Recruitment Manager to support our offices in Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Louis. The position will be based in the Chicago office. The Legal Recruitment Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of attorney recruiting from entry-level law students and associates to partners, with the main focus of the role on lateral partner and lateral associate hiring. The Manager works closely with the Office Managing Partners, Practice Group Leadership, Chief Practice Officer, Office Administrators and wider Legal Recruitment team to fill hiring needs. The successful candidate will have strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Candidates must be able to juggle multiple responsibilities while working independently and demonstrate a high degree of trustworthiness and discretion given the highly confidential nature of the recruiting process.
Maintain current knowledge of the Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Louis legal markets and trends.
Manage all aspects of the interview process including: scheduling interviews, collecting evaluation feedback, processing conflict and background checks, manage offer decision process and preparing offer letters.
Serve as ambassador for the Firm in interactions with potential candidates, search firms, and law schools.
Provide oversight of the Midwest summer associate programs.
Build strong relationships with Partners and across regions of the Firm.
Formulate job descriptions for active attorney searches and facilitate searches.
Through a strong understanding of the practices and recruiting needs, screen and communicate with practice leadership and search firms regarding potential candidates.
Work closely with external search firm contacts promoting the Firm, our hiring needs, and demonstrate a high level of responsiveness.
Facilitate and drive forward into relevant teams, all checks for candidates including conflicts.
Attend recruiting events and maintain local office recruiting budgets.
Assist with Firm wide recruiting initiatives.
Lead and support Partners proactively through all stages of the recruiting process. Work closely with Practice Heads to navigate final stages around approval and offer.
Assist with processing candidates in new markets in the region.
Other duties may be assigned to fully meet the requirements of the position.
Experience & Qualifications
Minimum five years of experience with all aspects of the legal recruitment process including direct experience with lateral partner hiring.
Bachelor's degree required.
Experience with Lawcruit database strongly preferred.
Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a strong commitment to client service and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, professional environment.
Possess confidence and the capability to interact with the Firm's Practice Group Leadership on a regular basis.
Occasional travel will be required.
This is an exempt position and occasional work outside of business hours will be required.
Proficiency in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
About Dentons US LLP
Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com.