About Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is a 2,200-attorney law firm representing global clients in offices around the world, in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.
For over 100 years, major national and international clients have called upon Kirkland to provide superior legal advice and client services. Kirkland is ranked 1st in the Global 100 (Legal Business 2028) and based in the heart of the city in the iconic Gherkin building, our London office has been the hub of European operations since 1994. Here, approximately 290 lawyers’ offer detailed expertise to a wide range of UK and international clients in complex corporate, debt finance, investment funds, restructuring, real estate finance, tax, financial services regulatory, international arbitration and litigation, antitrust and competition, technology and IP transactions, and capital markets matters.
We offer two-week vacation scheme placements during spring and summer. Vacation schemes are a vital part of the graduate recruitment process and we look to recruit as many of our future trainees as possible from those who have taken part. Candidates are eligible to apply if they are in their penultimate year of a law degree, final year of a non-law degree or beyond. Vacation scheme participants will receive £500 per week.
The principal focus of the training contract is on transactional law with a specialism in private equity. Trainees complete four, six-month seats and obtain training in areas such as corporate, debt finance, investment funds, restructuring, real estate financ, tax, financial services regulatory, international arbitration and litigation and antitrust and competition. In addition there are opportunities to apply to undertake an overseas secondment to enable trainees to experience the international resources and capabilities of Kirkland & Ellis. On the job training is actively supported by an extensive education programme, carefully tailored to meet the need of our trainees.