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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Insider reviews

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

9.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2019)
"Entrepreneurial and meritocratic."
8.9 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.4 / 10
6.9 / 10
9.0 / 10
8.1 / 10
Pro Bono
9.0 / 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.
  • Some trainees feel like they have been thrown in at the deep-end.

What insiders say about...

"Candidates should have a clear answer to "Why law?" And "Why K&E?". Research into..."

"Most people are very approachable and friendly. There's lots of socialising."

"The legal training programme is over a lunch. Attendance is compulsory."

"People are very approachable and willing to help."

"The dress code varies between teams but is generally very chilled. We have business..."

"Hours are naturally very unpredictable. Core hours would be 9-7 but can be more and..."

"It's top of the market."

"There are free muffins for breakfast on Wednesdays."

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

"My interview consisted of client scenarios, questions on how companies run their..."

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

"All diversity programmes are very well supported and have regular events."

"This is one of the best things about the firm. The quality of work is amazing, even..."

"I've worked on employment tribunal cases that offered substantial responsibility..."

"Being set very interesting, high-value, cross-border work. Multi-faceted deals that..."

"Deal teams can be small so work may not get evenly spread among year groups."

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

"It is a small intake so retention rates can vary quite drastically. I think the firm..."

"There is a Picasso in the office."

"A busy meritocracy where hard work is rewarded."

"Offer more international secondment opportunities."

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