Sidley Austin LLP

Lateral Legal Recruiting Coordinator

Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago
Human Resources


Coordinates the lateral associate and judicial clerk hiring process, which includes scheduling candidate interviews and general administrative support to the Lateral Legal Recruiting Director as well as the broader Legal Recruiting team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor submissions to lateral associate and judicial job requisitions in the applicant tracking system and escalating candidates to the Lateral Legal Recruiting Director for review.
  • Assist in responding to lateral associate and judicial clerk applicants.
  • Prepares and sends candidates pre-interview materials; updates and maintains candidate materials on an ongoing basis.
  • Coordinate screening and callback interviews, arrange meeting links for virtual interviews, and greet candidates upon arrival for in-person interviews.
  • Update candidate information and statuses in the applicant tracking system and ensure all data is current.
  • Sends interview evaluation forms to lawyers and monitors completion of evaluation forms; follows up as needed.
  • Maintains all stats on lateral candidates
  • Coordinates with headhunters when needed and maintains search firm agreements
  • Other duties as assigned by the Legal Recruiting Department

Candidates should be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; a very strong attention to detail; and a professional demeanor. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results. Candidate must be flexible to work overtime as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).


Education and/or Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of two years of experience in a professional environment


  • Experience with Microsoft Office, and Excel

Other Skills and Abilities:

The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities

 Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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