Get the inside buzz from graduates at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"A meritocracy seeking to be the best at what it does."
7.6 / 10
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
5.1 / 10
9.7 / 10
7.6 / 10
Pro Bono
8.5 / 10


  • Trainees are given a variety of tasks, including high-quality work, early on.
  • Salaries are very competitive compared to other firms.
  • Retention rates at the firm are very strong.


  • Hours are often unpredictable and may be especially demanding during busy times.
  • There could be more flexibility regarding seat moves.
  • Maintaining a good work/life balance was seen as difficult by some.

What insiders say about...

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"Most people are very approachable and friendly. There's lots of socialising."

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"Some attorneys are more accessible than others. You need to be strategic in finding..."

"The firm is in the Gherkin and has beautiful expansive views of the City. There are..."

"I work fairly unpredictable hours."

"It's top of the market."

"Perks include: free dinner when working past 7pm, taxi home when working past 9pm,..."

"1) Vacation scheme – interview with HR. 2) Trainee interview – interview with..."

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"There is a focus on electronic document storage rather than hard copy storage within..."

"All diversity programmes are very well supported and have regular events."

"This varies from department to department. I have had little client contact, although..."

"100% of lawyers are expected to do 20 hours of pro bono a year."

"The responsibility, high-quality work, small teams and pay."

"While the firm does respect when you have plans in the evenings or at weekends, there's..."

"It's a market leader in terms of individual lawyers, teams, clients and salary."

"They're very good."

"There are great Christmas and summer parties."

"Excellent work, top lawyers, international, friendly."

"More secondment opportunities."

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