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Our company in a nutshell

With nearly 200 lawyers working in our London office alone, on some of the most complex, high-value and high-profile matters in Europe, you could be part of something very special.

Join us and within a month you'll be heavily involved in real deals, not just listening and learning but relied upon to make a valuable contribution. Read on…

Who we are

Founded in 1909, and headquartered in Chicago, USA, we are the world's second-highest grossing law firm, with $2.65 billion in annual revenues. For more than 100 years, we have provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counselling matters. We have over 1,900 lawyers in varying practice areas work together as multidisciplinary teams to provide the full-service capabilities our clients need.

Careers with us

When you join Kirkland & Ellis as a trainee you'll quickly be part of the team providing solutions to high profile brands such as Facebook, Blackberry, Avis Budget Group, Pfizer and Bain Capital, as well as major private equity firms behind some of the biggest corporate transactions.

The matters you're involved in will continue to grow our reputation for top quality corporate work, that's been recognised by our peers as well as with industry awards. The industry acclaim is ongoing. The way we work and what we deliver has been praised by Chambers who said we provide a "terrific combination of creative problem solving, high-quality execution and exceptional attention to detail."

Graduate training schemes

High-quality training is the hallmark of the programmes at Kirkland & Ellis. Following your two-week induction, which includes the Professional Skills Course (PSC), you will have four six-month placements.

Corporate and debt finance are our largest practice groups so it is compulsory to do a seat in one or both of those teams.

Take time to explore more about our graduate programme HERE and then, if you are ready for the challenge, click Apply!  

Your formal training and development does not stop after your traineeship. We continue to invest in your professional development through regular lunchtime seminars and workshops. Many of these are tailored specifically to the work of the London office, such as corporate and finance update sessions and fund formation training.