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

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"A busy meritocracy where hard work is rewarded."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
7.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.9 / 10
5.8 / 10
9.5 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
8.8 / 10


  • Trainees are given a lot of responsibility and high-quality work early on.
  • Salaries are seen as being top of the market compared to other firms.
  • Retention rates at the firm have historically been very strong.
  • The flat hierarchy and approachable supervisors make asking questions very easy.


  • Hours are often unpredictable and may be especially demanding during busy times.
  • There could be more flexibility regarding seat moves.
  • Some trainees would like to have more secondment opportunities.
  • Work is not always spread evenly between departments.

What insiders say about...

"It is absolutely critical that you understand what private equity is and what services..."

"The culture at Kirkland is really collegiate and everyone is really friendly both..."

"While there is a lot of formal training offered by the firm, I do think there could..."

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

"We're in the Gherkin, which is a fantastic building."

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

"It's way above the next best firm. I'm very happy with the remuneration."

"The great view from the office and private bar on the roof."

"I had to go through four rounds to be selected which included a phone interview,..."

"There were a lot of questions about the private equity industry."

"There's an active effort around recycling and shredding. We have scanning initiatives..."

"The senior ranks could be more diverse but the level of diversity at the junior level..."

"We get a wide range of work from bibling and proofreading to drafting documents,..."

"The firm appears to be actively involved in pro bono work, though I have not been..."

"We have top-end clients, lots of responsibility and a small and friendly trainee..."

"Unpredictable hours."

"I attended an open day where I met a partner from Kirkland's corporate department..."

"All but two people from my intake were kept on."

"There are great Christmas and summer parties."

"Ambitious, confident and great at what we do."

"More secondment opportunities."

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