What if you want a firm where individuality is valued?

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

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Ambitious private equity focused firm."
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...

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

"The trainees get on well and give each other support where needed."

"When we started there were four lunchtime training sessions a week which were compulsory...."

"Mid and end of seat reviews are opportunities to seek feedback. However, associates..."

"Fantastic offices and quite a relaxed dress code."

"The hours can sometimes be gruelling but the quality of work and satisfaction that..."

"Pay is unmatched by any other firm."

"Interest free loan for an underground season ticket."

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

"Why are you interested in a US firm over a UK one? Why private equity? What are typical..."

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

"The firm's diversity policy seems to be working in that there are a great number..."

"I am regularly given entire fund documents such as the PPM (private placement memorandum)..."

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

"Top-quality work, clients, office and culture."

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

"My interest in private equity. The size of the trainee intake. Exposure to international..."

"Kirkland has a strong record of trainee retention"

"There are great Christmas and summer parties."

"Entrepreneurial and meritocratic."

"I'd like there to be more secondment opportunities, either to other offices or to..."

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