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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)
"Hard-working, market-leading, meritocracy."
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 application included a video interview and an assessment day (with interviews)...."

"The trainees get on well and give each other support where needed."

"While there is a lot of formal training offered by the firm, I do think there could..."

"Partners and associates are very approachable and open in terms of any questions..."

"The Gherkin is a great place to work. Our dress code is very flexible and unstuffy..."

"At Kirkland you are expected to work hard, but there is not a face/time culture...."

"The salary is standard for a trainee in the City."

"The great view from the office and private bar on the roof."

"I had to go through four rounds to be selected which included a phone interview,..."

"I was asked: What is private equity? What sort services does K&E offer (i.e., practice..."

"We have recycling bins in the kitchens."

"There are various initiatives, groups and committees within the office that work..."

"Very satisfied. I am the lead associate on all my deals, with support from amazing..."

"100% of lawyers are expected to do 20 hours of pro bono a year."

"It's an exciting place to be due to the growth of the London office over the past..."

"The hours can be fairly brutal (and unpredictable)."

"I was impressed by its market reputation."

"All but two people from my intake were kept on."

"There is a Picasso in the office."

"Ambitious private equity focused firm."

"I'd like there to be more secondment opportunities, either to other offices or to..."

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