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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)
"Tough but highly rewarding."
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.

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"I'm pretty happy with the pay and think it is fair."

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"The nature and quality of the work as well as the small trainee intake."

"The hours can be very difficult."

"I completed a vacation scheme here which was the best insight into working life at..."

"Retention rates have traditionally been 100%."

"There is a Picasso in the office."

"A meritocracy seeking to be the best at what it does."

"There could be more secondment opportunities."

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