Position Description

Legal Recruiting Coordinator
Work Locations Washington, D.C.
Job Posting Category Human Resources
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About Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray LLP is a preeminent global law firm focused on providing the highest-quality advice on our clients’ critical legal and business issues. Our global team of 2,500 talented professionals regularly helps clients meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and achieve key goals.  These colleagues work together across a global office network that includes offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

We are a contemporary firm that can bring more than 150 years of legal and institutional history to bear on the challenges clients face in today’s global, 24/7 business environment. Our collaborative approach gives our clients—which include many of the world’s most respected companies and institutions—ready access to leading corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies.

With an international presence, we focus primarily on the asset management, technology, life sciences, health care and real estate industries. Our clients include global industry leaders, financial institutions, investment firms, private equity firms, hospitals and health care organizations, educational institutions and individuals.

We have consistently been recognized for our leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, life sciences, health care, finance, investment management, hedge funds, tax, real estate, intellectual property, commercial and securities litigation, government enforcement, antitrust, and privacy and data security.
Ropes & Gray is an equal opportunity employer.


Organizes activities related to the recruiting, hiring and onboarding of lawyers (entry level, lateral, and partner) and assists with other recruitment initiatives as required. Assists the Legal Recruiting Department leadership, including the Director of Legal Recruiting, Director of Lateral Partner Recruitment, and Manager of Legal Recruiting and works with other Legal Recruiting staff on all matters related to hiring.


  1. Entry Level Recruitment
    • Support on-campus recruitment efforts, including resume review, host hospitality suites, coordinate recruitment events, schedule callback interviews, track and follow-up with attorneys for evaluations, prepare materials for candidate review meetings, update legal recruiting database and coordinate appropriate communication to candidates regarding their employment status.
    • Support the execution of the DC office summer associate program, including logistical planning, work assignment tracking, preparing for mid-summer and end-of-summer evaluations, organize and attend summer program social events and other duties associated with the summer program as assigned by the Manager of Legal Recruiting.
    • Help to organize outreach initiatives, including attending and engaging candidates at 1L recruiting receptions designed to market the firm.
  2. Lateral Associate and Lateral Partner Recruitment

    • Assist with various aspects of the efforts of the lateral partner recruiting team, including coordination of strategic searches, research, market intelligence, candidate profiles, maintaining data and reports; including working effectively with firm administrative departments involved in onboarding and integration.

    • Assist in lateral associate recruitment efforts for multiple practice groups firm wide, including report generation, candidate tracking and communication, scheduling, follow-up and coordination with search firms.

  3. Attorney Onboarding

    • Assist in the planning of the firm wide orientation program for summer and first-year associates, including collecting associate information and maintaining databases, collaborate with team members in other offices to coordinate logistics of orientation sessions.

    • Onboarding and integration of new lateral partners.

  4. In coordination with the Manager of Legal Recruiting, represents the firm through membership at local legal recruiting organization (WALRAA); stay current of evolving developments in recruiting field.

  5. Performs additional duties as requested.


  • Bachelor's Degree Preferred.
  • Three - five years of executive recruiting or attorney professional development experience at a mid-sized or large law firm, career services or other professional services industry is preferred.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer programs including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience with database programs (e.g., LawCruit, Symplicity); advanced social media (LinkedIn etc.) and web-based programs skills are highly desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to recognize confidential information and to maintain confidentiality of such information.
  • Ability to work efficiently independently as well as within a team.
  • Highly-motivated with strong initiative skills.


  • Flexibility in responding quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities.
  • Must be team-oriented and share information, goals, opportunities, successes and failures with the appropriate parties.
  • Ability to consult with attorneys and support teams across all levels of seniority to conduct searches to determine best approach to fulfilling staffing needs, re-evaluate as necessary.
  • Must be innovative and proactive in marketing the firm to various candidate constituencies.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented and have the ability to follow up and follow through.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects effectively.
  • Ability to work in a multi-office environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment.
  • Proactive in learning and adapting to new systems and processes.
  • Ability to perform under stressful conditions in a thoughtful, organized, and professional manner.
  • Continually looks to streamline recruitment processes for greatest efficiency.


This is an exempt position. Incumbent is expected to work the hours necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.  Some travel may be required.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.

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