As a trainee you’re exposed to interesting projects and collaborate on deals involving household names. One I worked on made headline news. My final seat was corporate – I went on secondment to the New York office. It was a fantastic experience to spend six months living and working in Manhattan. I worked on wholly US deals, as well as international ones, and gained fresh perspectives that really helped once I returned to working in London.
It was noticeable on qualification how ready I was to fulfil my responsibilities. Because you learn on the job at Kirkland, you gain great experience. Plus, because the intake is small – it was ten in my year – you’re given responsibility for important work straightaway.
Your supervisor helps you navigate how much work you have on and what you’re ready for, but you can put yourself forward for new work as well. It’s a hard-working, committed environment and people are extremely motivated to be involved in deals. Everyone is very supportive and the close team environment really works. The lack of hierarchy and open access to associates and partners, makes Kirkland a friendly and sociable place to be as a trainee.
By the end of your four seats, you’ll pretty much know everyone in the office, both lawyers and support staff, and whether you fancy a quick drink after work or decide to take on a charity triathlon (a few of us did recently), you’ll find people who are enthusiastic about joining in.
Knowing people across the firm is one of the best things about training at Kirkland. It’s another way that the transition from trainee to associate is made easier. You’re already familiar with the people and teams, and how things are done, and they know what you can do.
Meet The People
Graduate Recruitment PartnersSarah Jordan and Andrej Wolf
Trainees at Kirkland seize the opportunity to take ownership of every task and make things happen for their clients and team. We reward them with real responsibility.
Training PrincipalRajinder Bassi
Our small trainee intake each year gives us the freedom to run a less rigid training programme than most big firms.
Awards & Recognitions
LawCareers.Net – Best Trainer – US Firm in the City
Lex 100 – Quality of Work 2018/2019
Lex 100 – Living Up To Expectations 2018/2019
Lex 100 – Financial Remuneration 2018/2019