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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Training Contract/Vacation Schemes

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
01 July 2015
31 July 2016
United Kingdom
Experience Level
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With more than 1,600 lawyers and 12 offices around the world, Kirkland & Ellis is a major force on the global legal scene. Based in the heart of the City in the iconic Gherkin building, our London office - with over 160 lawyers - acts in some of the most complex, high value and high profile corporate transactions in Europe.

Kirkland is ranked in the top 10 of the global 100 (Legal Business 2015), and  is  recognised as a major force on the global stage, practising English, US and international law. Our global footprint of offices and international outlook mean we’re trusted by many of today’s big global brands.

At Kirkland we are renowned for our private equity work, but we are also recognised for our experience and capabilities in legal advice across the corporate spectrum, including debt finance, capital markets, fund formation, restructurings, taxation, regulatory, international arbitration and litigation, intellectual property and competition law.

High-quality training is the hallmark of the graduate trainee programme at Kirkland & Ellis. For 2018 we are offering 10 training contracts.

Your two-year traineeship will begin with a fortnight-long induction, including the Professional Skills Course (PSC). Then, for the following two years of your training contract, you will rotate between four six-month placements.

In addition to a compulsory Corporate and/or Debt Finance  seat, you will undertake three further seats, choosing from: International Arbitration/Litigation Restructuring, , Funds , Intellectual Property, Regulatory, Antitrust and Competition and Tax. Opportunities are also available to spend time on secondment at one of our overseas offices.

Throughout your training, you will benefit from an extensive seminar programme. This covers five primary practice areas in detail, building on skills learned on the LPC and introducing new topics.

You will also benefit from one-to-one guidance from senior associates and partners, and the support of a mentor, learning on the job from some of the leaders in their field.

Your training and development does not stop after your traineeship. We continue to invest in your professional development through regular lunchtime seminars and workshops.

Combining real project work with study sessions and mentoring, our two-week vacation placements offer valuable insights into how our London office operates.

We are offering twenty placements throughout June and July 2016

You will sit alongside associates and shadow their work. You will be involved in real client work across different groups and attend practice overview sessions from all departments, designed to give you a flavour of life in that team.

You will also take part in a mock transaction that will challenge your negotiation skills and even includes a champagne closing celebration.
The vacation scheme will give you invaluable hands-on experience across a range of practice areas and just as importantly, you will come away with a crucial network of contacts made through a series of social events.

Vacation schemes are a vital part of the graduate recruitment process and we would strongly encourage those interested in the firm to apply for a vacation scheme before applying for a training contract.

You will find a career at Kirkland & Ellis rewarding for all sorts of reasons. A generous pay package where trainees start on £46,000, rising to £50,000 in the second year is just one of them.
We partner with the University of Law for your GDL and LPC. We pay all your fees and provide an £8,000 maintenance grant for each course.. We also offer:

·       Private medical insurance

·       Travel insurance

·       Private life insurance

·       Pension scheme

·       Employee assistance plan

·       Childcare vouchers

·       Emergency childcare

·       Dental plan

·       Access to a private medical clinic

·       Discounted gym  membership

·       Season ticket  loan

·       Business casual dress every day

·       Free breakfast


For further details on graduate opportunities at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP or to apply for a vacation scheme of training contract please visit click the ‘Apply Now’ button or contact us at or on +44 20 7469 2000.

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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 1500 lawyers representing global clients in complex corporate, restructuring, finance, litigation, intellectual property and competition matters.