High-quality training is the hallmark of our trainee training programme at Kirkland & Ellis – we have been awarded the LawCareers. Net “Best Trainer – US Law firm in the City” accolade on numerous occasions.
You will have four six-month seats. Three of our main practice areas are corporate, funds and debt finance so it is likely you will spend a seat in each of these. Your other seat/s will be allocated from the following:
• Real Estate Finance
• Litigation (IP Litigation and International Arbitration and Litigation)
• Antitrust & Competition
• Financial Services Regulatory
• Technology and IP Transactions
During the second year of your Training Contract you may have an opportunity to apply for an overseas seat.
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 have already learned, while also introducing new topics. There are also opportunities for soft skills training.
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
Lex 100 – Overall job satisfaction 2020/2021
Lex 100 – Quality of work 2020/2021
Lex 100 – Approachability of supervisors 2020/2021