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Our small intake of trainees each year allows us to operate a flexible and responsive Training Programme, one that gives our trainees freedom to follow their personal interests and plan their own training and career.

If you are considering applying to us, you might like to know more about what sets us apart from our competitors. As a smaller office, you are guaranteed plenty of one-to-one learning from partners and senior associates. At the same time, being part of a much larger firm means we attract top tier international clients which for you means immediate exposure to major deals.

Your success goes hand in hand with ours, so we are passionately committed to your personal development and career progress. Join Kirkland & Ellis and you will receive quality training right through to qualification and beyond.

Multiple practice areas to choose from when you join

High-quality training is the hallmark of the graduate trainee
programme 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’s compulsory to do a seat in both of those teams. Other seats available are:

Investment Funds • Restructuring • International Arbitration and Litigation • Antitrust and Competition • Financial Services Regulatory • Tax • Real Estate Finance

Please read the Apply now page on our website for information on applying for an Open Day, Vacation Scheme or Training Contract.

Your Training

The seminar programme we run for the first four months of your Training Contract covers primary practice areas in detail, building on the skills you learned on the Legal Practice Course, while also introducing new topics. There are also opportunities for soft skills training, as well as the chance of a placement overseas for those interested in experiencing Kirkland & Ellis in New York or Hong Kong and the possibility of client secondments.

Post-qualification training

Your training and development does not stop after your Training Contract. 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.

In addition, you will follow certain sessions from the Kirkland Institute, our firm-wide training programme, including topics like:

Execution of documents • Navigating an SPA • Board decisions & directors’ duties • Finance for deal lawyers • Financial promotion issues • Dealing with listed companies

At Kirkland & Ellis your career is our business, so we are focused on helping you become the best lawyer you can be.

Meet the people

Rajinder Bassi
Rajinder Bassi
Training Principal

Our small trainee intake each year gives us the freedom to run a less rigid training programme than most big firms...
Jack Davies
Jack Davies
Trainee, Graduate in Law with German Law, University College London

I went from maths and science ‘A’ levels to a degree in law and German law, then worked at an investment bank. That role was too compartmentalised for me, whereas being a trainee at Kirkland & Ellis is giving me a broad exposure to business and the law....

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