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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Updated: September, 2016

About Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is a 1,700-attorney law firm representing global clients in offices around the world. For over 100 years, major national and international clients have called upon Kirkland & Ellis to provide superior legal advice and client services. The firm’s London office has been the hub of European operations since 1994. Here, approximately 160 lawyers offer detailed expertise to a wide range of UK and international clients. Kirkland is ranked in the top 5 of the Global 100 (Legal Business 2016)

Although we are renowned for our private equity work in London, we are also active in restructuring, capital markets, private funds, debt finance, taxation, regulatory, international arbitration and litigation, technology and IP transactions and competition law and our client list is more than a match for many larger City firms.

At Kirkland & Ellis we keep our trainee intake small giving you the chance to shine. We hire just 10 trainees each year and provide them with high quality work from day one. You will be treated as a lawyer from the start and be given every opportunity for success. Our work is demanding, challenging, thrilling, high profile and involves extremely talented clients from businesses in all industries and sectors. Working in this environment will stretch your intellect and make you more than just a lawyer.

Trainees at Kirkland & Ellis undertake four six-month placements, one of which will be a compulsory seat in corporate law. Trainees can choose seats in the firms other practice areas and also apply to spend six months in an overseas offices. During the two-year training contract, trainees also benefit from a comprehensive in-house Trainee Training Programme, alongside one-to-one guidance from senior associates and partners and the support of a mentor.

Following your two-year training contract, you will be given the opportunity to apply for one of our newly qualified positions at the firm. In 2016, the firm retained 100% of the qualifying trainees.

Our vacation scheme combine real project work with study sessions and mentoring, our two-week vacation placements offer valuable insights into how our London office operates. You will sit alongside associates and shadow their work. You will be involved in real client work across different groups and attend practice overview sessions from all departments, designed to give you a flavor of life in that team. The vacation scheme will give you invaluable hands-on experience across a range of practice areas and just as importantly, you will come away with a crucial network of contacts made through a series of social events. Vacation schemes are a vital part of the graduate recruitment process and we would strongly encourage those interested in the firm to apply for a vacation scheme before applying for a training contract

Your academic record will be excellent. You will have the initiative, the drive and the work ethic to thrive in the firm’s meritocratic culture and arrive with an understanding of the work undertaken in the firm’s London office.

Work sectors



South East England

12 offices worldwide across the US, Europe and Asia

Contact details

+44 20 7469 2000
30 St Mary Axe

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