Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is a 2,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in offices around the world; in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. For over 100 years, major national and international clients have called upon Kirkland & Ellis to provide superior legal advice and client services. Our London office has been the hub of European operations since 1994. Here, over 270 lawyers’ offer detailed expertise to a wide range of UK and international clients.
To truly experience what life is like in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis we invite you to apply for our two-week vacation schemes taking place throughout the spring and summer months. You are eligible to apply if you are in your penultimate year of a law degree, final year of a non-law degree, or beyond. Ideally we look to recruit as many of our future trainees as possible from the vacation scheme. Vacation scheme participants receive £500 per week and you will be working on real deals alongside partners and associates. It's unlikely you will see a live transaction from start to finish, so we provide a mock transaction in which you will conduct a negotiation exercise, hammer out the terms of a sponsorship deal and celebrate with champagne at the closing. We also run practice group overview sessions in order to give you a chance to learn more about what we do, and an opportunity to network with different people across the office. You will be allocated a trainee mentor, and there are of course numerous social events throughout the two weeks.
At Kirkland & Ellis we keep our trainee intake small giving you the chance to shine. We hire just 10 trainees each year and provide them with high quality work from day one. You will be treated as a lawyer from the start and be given every opportunity for success. Our work is demanding, challenging, thrilling, high-profile and involves extremely talented clients from businesses in all industries and sectors. Working in this environment will stretch your intellect and make you more than just a lawyer.
Your academic record will be excellent. You will have the initiative, the drive and the work ethic to thrive in the firm’s meritocratic culture and arrive with an understanding of the work undertaken in the firm’s London office.