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

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"Hard-working, market-leading, meritocracy."
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...

"They look for social, hardworking, intelligent individuals. People that are socially..."

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

"When you first join the firm as a trainee you attend around three training sessions..."

"There is no hierarchy at the firm so you can approach anyone and everyone. All the..."

"The office is pretty cool and the facilities are great. Support departments really..."

"Hours are unpredictable. They can either be very relaxed or very pressured."

"Our salary is market-leading."

"The new qualifier salary and fact that we get to work in the Gherkin."

"When I applied there was only one round of interviews, which consisted of four consecutive..."

"I was asked: What is private equity? What sort services does K&E offer (i.e., practice..."

"Recycling has been greatly improved and efforts are made to ensure lights are on..."

"Quite a diverse environment, there is a good gender balance, lots of networking opportunities...."

"I'm really satisfied. From the beginning of my first seat I was managing document..."

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

"The quality of work and the great exposure."

"It can be hard to maintain a work/life balance."

"I applied here because Kirkland & Ellis is an international firm with a small intake..."

"The firm has great retention rates, as long as you want to be a transactional la..."

"There is a Picasso in the office."

"Ambitious private equity focused firm."

"Either a six-seat training contract or one fewer compulsory seats (debt finance and..."

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