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Law Student Recruiting Manager

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Law Student Recruiting Manager

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 Law Student Recruiting Manager oversees the law school student recruiting process and summer associate programs for the Chicago office. In addition, the Law Student Recruiting Manager contributes to the development of firm-wide law student recruiting processes and policies. This position coordinates with the Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting, hiring partners, and recruiting committee members to develop and implement hiring strategies.

As a Law Student Recruiting Manager you will:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with law school career services offices and student organizations at key feeder schools to coordinate firm participation and sponsorship of outreach activities
  • Draft pre-arrival onboarding communications for summer associates to ensure consistent onboarding experience
  • Create and update annual on-campus interviewing related documents and templates
  • Keep abreast of current recruiting practices and market trends, and maintain active membership in the National Association for Law Placement and the local city group
  • Develop and review recruiting marketing materials, NALP forms, and law student surveys
  • Act as resource for other administrative departments regarding policies, procedures, and questions related to law student recruitment activities
  • Lead the law student recruiting process for assigned office(s) through on-campus recruiting including coordinating with law schools, creating interview schedules, gathering interviewer feedback, and facilitating the callback interview and offer process
  • Plan and execute10-week summer associate program for assigned office(s) including the work assignment and evaluation processes, events, and other logistics
  • Maintain the applicant tracking system and ensure data integrity for all applicants
  • Compile and analyze on-campus recruiting data and survey results
  • Contribute to firm-wide recruiting initiatives by assisting on special projects


Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of recruitment experience in a professional services environment; prior experience in law student recruiting strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize responsibilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment, and handle and maintain confidential information.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word).
  • Ability to travel within the US on a limited basis.


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.


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