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

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"Excellent work, top lawyers, international, friendly."
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...

"Think about the firm's work and clients before applying."

"It is an environment where everyone is very driven but, unlike what the market may..."

"When you first join the firm as a trainee you attend around three training sessions..."

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

"We have swanky office in the Gherkin which were recently refurbished so are now very..."

"There is no face-time. You can go home when you have finished your work and you are..."

"I'm pretty happy with the pay and think it is fair."

"We get free dinners and taxis if working late. I have also received a free umbrella..."

"When I applied there was only one round of interviews, which consisted of four consecutive..."

"I was asked a lot of commercial questions."

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

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

"The majority of trainees sit with partners so there is a lot of contact between partners..."

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

"The kind of projects I get involved in and the type of work I get. I also enjoy the..."

"The hours can be very difficult."

"The firm's reputation as a market-leading private equity firm."

"The firm hires to retain. It invests a lot of time and effort into training and mentoring..."

"There are great Christmas and summer parties."

"Hard-working, market-leading, meritocracy."

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

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