High-quality training is the hallmark of the graduate trainee programme at Kirkland –
we are proud winners of the 2019 LawCareers.Net ‘Best Trainer – US law firm in the City’ award.
Following your two-week induction, which includes the Professional Skills Course (PSC), you will have four six-month placements.
It is compulsory to complete a seat in both the corporate and the debt finance team. Your other seats will be allocated from the following:
• Investment Funds
• International Arbitration & Litigation
• Antitrust & Competition
• Financial Services Regulatory
• Real Estate Finance
Click link below to apply for the Open Days, Vacation Schemes or Training Contracts.
Your Training & Post-Qualification Training
The formal training 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 (or on the Solicitor’s Qualification Examination (SQE) Course, if applicable), while also introducing new topics. There are also opportunities for soft skills training.
During the second year of your Training Contract, you will also have the chance to apply for a placement overseas for those interested in experiencing Kirkland in New York or Hong Kong and there is also the possibility of client secondments. All are fantastic learning experiences.
Your training and development does not stop after your Training Contract. We continue to invest in your professional development through regular lunchtime training sessions and workshops. These are tailored specifically to the work of the London office, such as corporate and finance update sessions. Nearly all of our teams have Professional Support Lawyers, dedicated to ensuring you receive the highest quality training throughout your career.
In addition, you will follow certain sessions from the Kirkland University, our firm-wide training programme. At Kirkland your career is our business, so we are focused on helping you become the best lawyer you can be.
Rewards & Benefits
Private Medical and
GP Consultation Service
Meet The People
Training PrincipalRajinder Bassi
Our small trainee intake each year gives us the freedom to run a less rigid training programme than most big firms…
Finance AssociateTilly Kersley
In my year we had an intake of ten people which is big enough to give you a valuable support network but small enough to provide…
Awards & Recognitions
LawCareers.Net – Best Work Placement Scheme (Vacation Scheme) – City Firm 2020
LawCareers.Net – Best Trainer – US Firm in the City 2019
Lex 100 – Quality of Work 2019/2020
Lex 100 – Living Up To Expectations 2019/2020