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

Recognition

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.

Seat Rotations

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

Restructuring

Litigation (IP Litigation and International Arbitration and Litigation)

Antitrust & Competition

Financial Services Regulatory

Tax

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.

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Your Training & Post-Qualification Training

Your 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.

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 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

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Private Medical and
Life Insurance

Income
Protection

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Travel
Insurance

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Pension
Scheme

Gym weight

Corporate Gym
Membership

Tooth

Dental
Plan

Stethoscope

GP Consultation Service

Headset

Employee
Assistance
Plan

Bicycle

Cycle to
Work Scheme

Banana

Free
Breakfast

Emergency Back-up
Child/elder-care

Plate and cutlery

Subsidised
Lunch

Smartphone

Wellbeing
App

Bell

Kirkland
Concierge

Calendar

25 Days
Holiday

Season Ticket
Loan

Brochure

Awards & Recognitions

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

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Lex 100 – Overall job satisfaction 2020/2021

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Lex 100 – Quality of work 2020/2021

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Lex 100 – Approachability of supervisors 2020/2021