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

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"Entrepreneurial and meritocratic."
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...

"There were the standard-form questions and focus on my CV, followed by a group exercise..."

"In office the culture is friendly and colleagues are very approachable, though when..."

"The training sessions on offer are a good introduction to different seats and your..."

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

"The offices are awesome. Dress code – relaxed. Fridays are dress down day, so you..."

"There is no face-time. You can go home when you have finished your work and you are..."

"Trainee pay is very good and associate pay is at the top of the market."

"The best perks are the free dinner and taxis home (when working late). Also working..."

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

"I was asked a lot of commercial questions."

"Recycling is encouraged via separate bins in each kitchen. Though we do use a lot..."

"Women's Leadership Initiative events are held on a regular basis, and networking..."

"I have been able to work on some of the most interesting matters in my area and get..."

"There is no upper limit on what you can do in terms of pro bono; it is counted as..."

"Being given a lot of responsibility, secondment opportunities, working on high quality..."

"The hours can be very difficult."

"The firm's reputation as a market-leading private equity firm."

"Some departments are more competitive than others and this may lead to some people..."

"Our New York office is used for external shots of the US TV show 'Suits'."

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

"More secondment opportunities."

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