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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 meritocracy seeking to be the best at what it does."
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...

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

"The culture is very meritocratic: hard work and motivation are thoroughly rewarded...."

"The training is probably more informal than it is at other firms and so can be rescheduled..."

"Partners and associates are very approachable and open in terms of any questions..."

"The office is a fantastic place to work and is modern with amazing views. The dress..."

"Very flexible in my department – you decide your own hours (within reason)."

"Pay is above industry standard so I am very happy with this."

"Perks include: free dinner when working past 7pm, taxi home when working past 9pm,..."

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

"My interview consisted of client scenarios, questions on how companies run their..."

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

"Trainee intakes are completely mixed, there is no trend in educational or ethnic..."

"Quality of work can be extremely high. You frequently find yourself working on tasks..."

"There's regular promotion of pro bono activities and emails asking for assistance..."

"Excellent work and superb colleagues. No one drops the ball."

"The hours – whilst they are the same across all City firms, it can be a bit tiring..."

"The prospect of getting to do good-quality work and being trusted with a high level..."

"Kirkland has a strong record of trainee retention"

"There is a Picasso in the office."

"Intense but rewarding, it's not for the faint hearted."

"More secondment opportunities."

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