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

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"Excellent work; excellent people; excellent pay."
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...

"Be yourself. Try to be open-minded, friendly and confident. Keep up with the financial..."

"The culture is the right balance between hard-working and relaxed. Everyone is always..."

"Training takes place at lunch a few times during the week in the first six months..."

"All of my supervisors have been easy to approach when I've had questions and I feel..."

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

"I work an average of 45 – 50 hours a week and this is no more than expected."

"The salary is standard for a trainee in the City."

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

"I did not do a vacation scheme – I applied directly to the firm and had a number..."

"Why did you not apply to magic circle firms?"

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

"There's very active representation of minority groups. The equity partnership does..."

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

"All lawyers have to commit time to pro bono. Regular emails sent to lawyers to be..."

"The culture of the firm"

"Work can be fast-paced to the point where it is difficult to sit back and reflect..."

"The opportunity to work with the best private equity lawyers."

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

"We have firm retreats including international departmental retreats in some departments...."

"Diverse, positive, energetic."

"More secondment opportunities."

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