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...

"Make sure you do your research – there is nothing worse than an applicant who does..."

"There's a very flat hierarchy with an open-door policy. All partners are young, which..."

"Training is generally hands-on but there is a comprehensive training programme in..."

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

"Dress down Fridays allows everyone in the office to work in jeans. Other days during..."

"55 – this is about what I expected."

"Our salary is market-leading."

"The firm pays for dinner and taxis when working late."

"1) Vacation scheme – interview with HR. 2) Trainee interview – interview with..."

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

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

"Quite a diverse environment, there is a good gender balance, lots of networking opportunities...."

"Currently in the debt finance seat, my work has varied from corresponding with counter-parties..."

"100% of lawyers are expected to do 20 hours of pro bono a year."

"The responsibility, high-quality work, small teams and pay."

"At times, the level of commitment that the firm requires can be demanding."

"Out of all of my experiences at law firms, I enjoyed my experience at Kirkland the..."

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


"Entrepreneurial and meritocratic."

"Either a six-seat training contract or one fewer compulsory seats (debt finance and..."

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