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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)
"A juggernaut."
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...

"The firm tends to recruit from Russell Group universities. I would advise potential..."

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

"However, every department carries out training sessions throughout the year. Due..."

"I have had lots of one on one time with associates who willingly invest their own..."

"It's a great building (the Gherkin) and most associates (even new qualifiers) have..."

"Occasional requests can be made to work from home, arrive late or leave early if..."

"They're fantastic and market leading."

"The most useful perk is probably the Patagonia fleece. Beyond that I've been lucky..."

"The process is relaxed and everybody is friendly. There are four interviews, usually..."

"There were a lot of questions about the private equity industry."

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

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

"You get as much responsibility as you can handle – I enjoy the variety and difficulty..."

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

"The incredible exposure and unrivalled quality of work as a junior."

"Needing to be available even on nights, weekends and holidays."

"I applied here because Kirkland & Ellis is an international firm with a small intake..."

"This is good overall."

"There is a Picasso in the office."

"Fast-paced and incredibly rewarding."

"Allow trainees to express preferences for particular supervisors."

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