Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labour, employment and immigration law firms in the US. It is a top 100 Global Law Firm by revenue (Source: Wikipedia) and has been voted US Law Firm of the Year – for 10 consecutive years!
The firm has over 2400 staff and 53 offices across many US states along with a presence in Canada, Mexico, Berlin, Paris and London. In 2021, it launched into Belfast, Northern Ireland with the announcement of 78 jobs over three years, supported by Invest NI. This recruitment target has already been smashed within 15 months and the company continues to invest and grow with an exciting new office space!
The main project for Belfast is to build a business immigration team with the main nucleus consisting of paralegals, team leaders and a Site Lead. Other non-legal functions have recently been added to the Belfast office, including IT, data analytics and knowledge management.
The Belfast Team
The team is led by Linda Robb who has worked in a global law firm for over ten years.
“I am keen to hire fresh graduates who are eager to join a vibrant, diverse and supportive working culture. The work here is critically important to our US clients which are many of the world’s largest technology, health care and life science companies, as well as investment and commercial banks. These clients invest significantly to attract and hire the globe’s best talent and we are here to help their employees obtain temporary or permanent visa status in the USA”.
Paralegals in Ogletree Deakins Belfast provide more insight into their typical day:
“The legal work you will be tasked with is complex but highly rewarding. You will be drafting immigration petitions and have the chance to work alongside US paralegals and attorneys. This role is well-suited to individuals excited to solve complex legal issues and keen to kickstart their legal career with a globally successful law firm representing major clients. Your innovative ideas are always welcomed in the open culture represented by our growing CSR, DEI and Social Committees.”
“It is not all work and no play – our committees support a range of charitable, pro-bono and social activities and events. Recently I have attended our Belfast Pride brunch and trivia night, a fancy dress fundraiser and have launched a book club along with one of my colleagues. No two days are the same and you’ll have the best craic.”
For nearly 18 months, Abacus has exclusively supported Ogletree Deakins to plan and recruit over 80 people for Belfast. Here’s some feedback so far:
“The first week went great, I’m really enjoying the training so far and the other paralegals have been a big help.”
“The first week was really good and informative, the team is very welcoming and easy to talk to, as well as the training and equipment being the best I’ve experienced.”
Join Ogletree Deakins are hiring now!
To start and develop your legal career in Ogletree Deakins, you are likely to:
- Have obtained a recent law degree
- Seek to commence your paralegal career, or want to develop your experience to date
- Be personable, offer attention to detail etc.
If you want to be part of the next wave of Paralegals, click on the job link on this page and submit your CV. Our specialist legal team in Abacus will review your CV with you, assess your suitability and clarify any questions you have. We can then share your CV with the Ogletree Deakins team.
Interviews will be held in August 2022 and successful Paralegals will start on Monday 3rd October 2022.