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

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"A small firm feel with high profile clients and ample opportunity to gain experience and responsibility."
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..."

"Incredibly friendly and hardworking. These are the two main qualities here."

"The training sessions on offer are a good introduction to different seats and your..."

"Mid and end of seat reviews are opportunities to seek feedback. However, associates..."

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

"It depends where you are, but in the transactional departments it can be pretty bad...."

"Pay is unmatched by any other firm."

"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..."

"I was asked a variety of questions including: What is private equity? Why US firm?..."

"There's an active effort around recycling and shredding. We have scanning initiatives..."

"The firm is eager to ensure diversity amongst the employees and ensures that every..."

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

"There is no upper limit on what you can do in terms of pro bono; it is counted as..."

"The level of independence given to trainees and the fact that we are treated like..."

"The responsibility on offer is occasionally coupled with a lack of training or explanation,..."

"It's a market leader in terms of individual lawyers, teams, clients and salary."

"The firm has great retention rates, as long as you want to be a transactional la..."

"There are great Christmas and summer parties."

"Excellent work, top lawyers, international, friendly."

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

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