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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)
"Ambitious, confident and great at what we do."
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 confident and charismatic individuals who are independent workers...."

"There's quite a flat hierarchy with very friendly trainees and lots of socialising...."

"There's focused on-the-job training. We’re involved from day one to gain experience..."

"Some attorneys are more accessible than others. You need to be strategic in finding..."

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

"Usually the hours are 10 – 12 hours a day and this can increase within departments,..."

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

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

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

"The interview was very personal and informal. It's all about making sure you're the..."

"I haven't really noticed any efforts on this."

"We arrange open days partnered with diversity organisations."

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

"I've already done 30 hours of pro bono this year and am encouraged to do as much..."

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

"Unpredictable hours."

"The small intake, nice offices and good pay."

"Retention rates are very strong at the firm."

"The London office headcount has grown by more than 50% in the past year!"

"Energetic, market-leading, ambitious and entrepreneurial."

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

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