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Kirkland & Ellis Talent, drive, enthusiasm. That’s what makes a Kirkland lawyer.


At Kirkland, we work on the biggest and most complex global private equity transactions. These are dynamic, challenging and high-profile deals that stretch your intellect and require you to be a business advisor as well as a lawyer. You will meet extremely talented clients from the most successful businesses and financial sponsors on transactions across a diverse range of industry sectors.

Each year we recruit around ten trainees who join a team of over 350 lawyers, based in London’s iconic Gherkin building. We look for people who have a genuine interest in private equity and transactional legal work as well as individuals who are self-motivated, driven and ambitious. We have a track record of promoting our associates to partner after six years; our aim is to provide all our lawyers with an accelerated career path, the best technical and deal experience, and client development opportunities.

On top of the essential academic qualifications, we’re interested in individuals who can demonstrate initiative and who have the confidence and ambition to thrive in an environment that places no limits on how successful you can be.

At Kirkland, we have close-knit deal teams of partners and associates. As such, all our lawyers get the opportunity to work across every aspect of a transaction, right from day one. This will give you full exposure to how deals come together and a greater appreciation of the importance of the tasks that you will be involved in. With an understanding of the big picture, you will quickly become an integral part of the team, putting forward ideas and finding solutions to complex legal and deal issues.

Join a firm that is highly successful, entrepreneurial, energetic and fun. Kirkland is a place where individual thinking is encouraged and where the view of each lawyer is respected. Everyone gets fully involved and takes ownership of their work to achieve the best result for the client.

Read on to learn more about the experiences of some of our lawyers, and apply for our Vacation Scheme to experience it for yourself. We look forward to meeting you.

Awards & Recognitions

LawCareers.Net – Best Work Placement Scheme (Vacation Scheme) – City Firm 2020

Lex 100 – Overall job satisfaction 2020/2021

Lex 100 – Quality of work 2020/2021

Lex 100 – Approachability of supervisors 2020/2021