Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

With more than 1900 lawyers and 13 offices around the world, Kirkland & Ellis is a major force on the global legal scene.

Kirkland is ranked in the top 5 of the global 100 (Legal Business 2016) and based in the heart of the city in the iconic Gherkin building, our London office - comprising around 190 lawyers - acts in some of the most complex high value and high profile transactions in Europe.

Our philosophy is based around several key principles: To provide the highest quality legal services, to become true partners to our clients in their ongoing success, and to recruit the best and brightest legal talent in the market.

We delegate responsibility on a merit-based system, allowing our trainees to grow their workload along with their abilities. Almost from day one, our trainees gain hands-on experience of interacting with clients, drafting documents and working with partners. We also encourage them to choose their own path of specialism on their journey through the firm. Freedom and fairness of opportunity helps our colleagues stay motivated and team-focused workers.

Training Contract

The principal focus of the training is on transactional law with a specialism in private equity. Thanks to the small intakes, trainees are given early responsibility to work on complex multi-jurisdictional matters. Trainees complete four, six month seats. In addition there are opportunities to undertake an overseas secondment to enable trainees to experience the international resources and capabilities of Kirkland & Ellis. On the job training is actively supported by an extensive education programme, carefully tailored to meet their needs.

Vacation Scheme

We offer 30 two-week placements throughout the spring and summer months. Candidates are eligible to apply if they are in their penultimate year of a law degree, final year of a non-law degree or beyond. Vacation scheme students will receive £500 per week. Ideally we look to recruit as many of our future trainees as possible from the vacation scheme.

For further details on graduate opportunities at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP or to apply for a vacation scheme of training contract please visit our website.


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