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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Pro Bono

9.0 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2019)


"I have been encouraged to take part in pro bono projects in each seat and have been involved in interesting work."
Second year trainee, London
"I've worked on employment tribunal cases that offered substantial responsibility and experience of a practice area that differs substantially from our usual work."
First year trainee, London


"There's a lot of pro bono work going around. I have compiled a report on anti-gay propaganda laws in various jurisdictions and have drafted a loan document to enable a charity to be set up."
Second year trainee, London
"There's regular promotion of pro bono activities and emails asking for assistance on matters. Pro bono hours count the same as fee-earning work towards targets and bonuses. I've also worked on pro bono matters for a community group, a housing support charity and a human rights organisation."
Second year trainee, London
"I've already done 30 hours of pro bono this year and am encouraged to do as much as possible. I even manage my own pro bono client."
Second year trainee, London
"There are lots of great projects and you can do as much as you like. I helped a lady win her appeal to receive her employment support allowance."
Second year trainee, London


"100% of lawyers are expected to do 20 hours of pro bono a year."
Other - NQ (end of qualification year), London


"Being a US firm, they are very keen on having people do pro bono. There are some very good opportunities for it."
First year trainee, London
"All associates and trainees are required to do a certain number of pro bono hours a year. There are a variety of projects you can get involved with on a cross-departmental basis."
Second year trainee, London


"The firm appears to be actively involved in pro bono work, though I have not been directly involved in any thus far in my training contract."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong (seconded from London)
"All employees are strongly encouraged to get involved in pro-bono work and have individual pro-bono targets to meet, pro-bono hours count as client work for the purposes of billable hours targets and review purposes."
First year trainee, London
"There is no upper limit on what you can do in terms of pro bono; it is counted as fully billable and there is a strong recommendation to do 20 hours over the course of the year."
Second year trainee, London
"All lawyers have to commit time to pro bono. Regular emails sent to lawyers to be involved in pro bono work - though this doesn't seem to be talked about very often."
First year trainee, London
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