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CLE Assistant

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CLE Assistant

Build your big career with the Firm that does Big Law better. McDermott Will & Emery is a leading global law firm that brings together more than 1,400 lawyers and 1,200 business professionals. We celebrate excellence, collaboration and community and have been recognized as a top workplace by The American Lawyer, Working Mother Magazine, Vault and the Human Rights Campaign. 

At McDermott, we don’t just invest in your future, we accelerate your career – wherever it may lead. That includes supporting you both in and outside of the office.

With us, you’ll find:

  • A Firm where everyone belongs: Our award-winning culture prioritizes warmth and authenticity — we encourage you to be yourself!
  • Enthusiasm for diverse perspectives: We’re smarter and stronger when everyone has a voice and a seat at the table. We welcome unique viewpoints and ideas, and we make opportunities for you and your career to thrive.
  • Support to feel your best and do your best: Wellness is integral to building a successful career and a rich life. That’s why our benefits program supports your physical, emotional, mental and financial health, with an emphasis on work/life balance.
  • Real rewards for real work: We offer generous compensation packages that recognize hard work and excellence.


The CLE Assistant liaises with the administrative functions relating to the Firm’s efforts to process continuing legal education (CLE) credits for McDermott attorneys and clients. This position’s duties include but are not limited to, carrying out daily organizational tasks, maintaining the Firm’s CLE training database (Litera CE Manager) and facilitating efficient communication with staff and attorneys. The CLE Assistant works under direct supervision of the CLE Manager and relies on instructions and pre-existing guidelines to perform the essential functions of the job.

As a CLE Assistant you will:

  • Respond to department communications in a timely manner and address time-sensitive issues through the ‘CLE Inbox’
  • Enter and upload external CLE certificates and lateral attorney CLE records into CE Manager
  • Assist CLE Coordinator with program logistics as needed (i.e., add external programs to CE Manager, provide attendance verification documents, create and distribute CLE attendance verification codes to program contacts, etc.)
  • Collect attendance verification records, validate attendance in CE Manager, and issue certificates to attendees as appropriate after each internal CLE program
  • Support the external program attendance verification process as required
  • Compile and submit program materials, timed agenda, and presenter bios for CLE application packets
  • Submit daily Illinois course submissions through the Provider Course Accreditation Management (PCAM) system
  • Assist the CLE Manager with monthly and annual reporting by jurisdiction

Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least one (1) year of related working experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and attention to detail skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to work well within a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
  • Ability to learn new concepts and skills quickly


As part of our ongoing commitment to be #AlwaysBetter for our people, clients and communities, we have created a culture of belonging that champions your individuality as both a person and a professional. From our competitive compensation, top benefits and award-winning professional development programs to industry-leading wellness initiatives, we support you through every stage of your life and career. With McDermott, you can live a life you love both in and outside of the office.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, talk and hear
  • Employee must occasionally lift up to twenty (20) pounds

Work Environment:

Typical indoor office environment


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people within this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this job.