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

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Intense but rewarding, it's not for the faint hearted."
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...

"Research a little into private equity and consider why this area of work attracts..."

"I have found that the trainees tend to support each other and people are often willing..."

"Trainees have three hours of training per week which I have found to be hugely useful,..."

"This is the bulk of the training where we have one-on-one sessions with associates..."

"The dress code is business casual, with casual Fridays when jeans are allowed."

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

"Trainee pay is very good and associate pay is at the top of the market."

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

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

"Why Kirkland? Why not another firm? The questions are more about 'fit' than technical..."

"I think the UK office is more committed to reducing its carbon footprint than the..."

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

"I've had a wide range of internal and client-facing work. Trainees are often able..."

"Being a US firm, they are very keen on having people do pro bono. There are some..."

"I enjoy the atmosphere and flexibility here. People generally recognise that you..."

"It can be hard to maintain a work/life balance."

"The people, the open and entrepreneurial atmosphere and the private equity focus...."

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

"There is a Konditor & Cook in the ground floor of the Gherkin, which means that when..."

"A good level of responsibility and independence."

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

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