• Bristol University Law Fair

  • Nottingham University Law Fair

  • London – Queen Mary Law Fair

  • London – King’s College London

  • Cambridge University Solicitors Event

  • London – LSE Law Fair

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    “When we interview we look for applicants who have got to know our business and understand the kind of work we do. Then we look for their excitement about doing it.”

    More Than Just A Lawyer

    Quality is about attracting the best applicants and helping them develop to their full potential as lawyers. We see it as a virtuous circle: if we train the best lawyers, we can continue to undertake the highest quality work for the highest quality clients which in turn helps us attract the highest quality applicants.

    That’s why we try to filter as much work and responsibility down from the partners as possible. We believe it’s the best way for our younger lawyers to learn and to develop.

    A Firm With Its Door Open

    It’s part of the firm’s culture. If you have a question or need some insight into a problem, you can walk through anybody’s door and get some answers. It’s an ethos we work very hard to maintain.

    There is one thing that we cannot teach our lawyers, however, and that is intelligence. So we look for candidates who are naturally bright. You will need a strong academic record. You will need to be motivated and ambitious. Above all, you must want to learn.

    The kind of work you will do is not restricted by the year you qualified. If you are capable of doing the work, we let you get on with it – giving you all the support and training you need along the way.

    It means there are more opportunities to do interesting work, more opportunities to grow as a lawyer, more opportunity for client contact, and more responsibility at an early stage of your career.

    Leading From Day One

    Our lawyers need to be comfortable as leaders, too. You need to be able to galvanise and collaborate with your colleagues and take the initiative when required. We work in small teams and across practice areas. We try and maintain a culture where everyone knows what everyone else is working on and feels free to help.

    It’s a much more collaborative approach, which means we need people who can work well in teams and who treat one another with respect – at both junior and senior levels. These are the people who will make partner at around six years pqe.

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    Meet Us

    Getting first-hand insights into what it is like to be a trainee at Kirkland is one of the best things you can do. That’s why we’ve got a number of current and former trainees lined up to answer your questions. You can meet them at the many careers events and law fairs we attend.

    Maybe you would value a chat with some of our existing and former trainees about the experience of launching their careers with Kirkland.

    Every year we are busy attending careers events and law fairs to get to know some of our potential recruits face-to-face.

    There are ten places available for our 2022 Training Contracts. We are eager to meet you, so come along and say hello at one of the events listed below.

    For further details on any of these events, or to register for one of our presentations, please contact us at

    We also run Open Days which will take place in November 2019 and March 2020 (the March Open Day is specifically targeted at First-Year Law Students) – click Apply Now to see details.

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    Application Timeline

    At Kirkland we offer places on training contracts and vacation schemes. The application timeline below applies to both law and non-law students currently studying at university.

    Application Process

    Vacation Schemes

    Before joining our firm as a trainee, you can get to know us on one of our two-week Vacation Schemes. They’re designed to give you valuable hands-on experience across a range of practice areas, as well as crucial insights into how our London team operates. We offer around 30 vacation placements each year, throughout April and June and on top of training, participants enjoy a busy social calendar as well as £500 per week expenses. Most importantly you come away with a crucial network of contacts. Applications close 5th January 2020.

    Training Contracts

    We are recruiting ten trainees for 2022, with vacancies open to both law and non-law students and graduates. Applications close on 12th July 2020.

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    Law Fairs

    10 October 2019 Bristol University Law Fair
    21 October 2019 Nottingham University Law Fair
    22 October 2019 London – Queen Mary Law Fair
    23 October 2019 London – King’s College London
    24 October 2019 Cambridge University Solicitors Event
    24 October 2019 London – LSE Law Fair
    28 October 2019 London – UCL Law Fair
    31 October 2019 Cambridge Networking Event
    9 November 2019 Oxford University Law Fair
    19 November 2019 Durham University Law Fair
    20 November 2019 Exeter University Law Fair
    21 November 2019 Aspiring Solicitors
    21 November 2019 Oxford Networking Event
    25 November 2019 King’s College London Networking Evening
    28 November 2019 SEO and direct applicants
    3 December 2019 UCL Networking Evening
    6 December 2019 LawCareers.NetLIVE

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    Awards & Recognitions

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    LawCareers.Net – Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

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    Lex 100 – Quality of Work 2018/2019

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    Lex 100 – Living Up To Expectations 2018/2019

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    Lex 100 – Financial Remuneration 2018/2019