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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Main Office: 200 East Randolph Drive, 200 E. Randolph Dr. | Chicago | IL | 60601
Phone: 312-861-2000 | Fax: 312-861-2200

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP Reviews view all

Reviewed on December 16, 2017

Make sure that you don't let any good eggs get stuck with the bad eggs because of a simple misunderstanding.

I have been here for around two years now and everyone is happy and friendly. Any issues that I have had come up have been quickly fixed.

Some people don't last here very long because of how swiftly problems are dealt with. Some good eggs get mixed up in that.

Current Employee

Reviewed on September 25, 2017

Increase the salary and benefits. Fix the issues with management. Offer more promotions.

They work in a variety of practice areas. The firm has a great reputation and is also very up-to-date on technology. The staff was pleasant to work with. The hours were flexible.

The salary and benefits are not very great. There are some problems with management. It's also not a place for a career.

Former Employee


For more than 100 years, Kirkland has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counseling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.

Practice Areas

Kirkland & Ellis LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Kirkland & Ellis LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Kirkland & Ellis, like other top-ranking law firms hires students with excellent academic records. But the firm also keeps an eye out for people from diverse backgrounds. Also, an undergrad major in business and accounting helps if you are planning to work in this firm. People who have worked there say that associates need to be self-reliant and who will "swim in a sink or swim environment".

Pro bono

Kirkland is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel, with the goals of improving lives, bettering communities and deepening our professional experience. The Firm is committed to serving diverse communities. Through pro bono work, the lawyers make their skills and talents available to those who cannot afford legal representation. They provide pro bono clients with the same commitment and diligence they show for our traditional clients. The Kirkland & Ellis Foundation provides financial support to charitable and law-related organizations that enhance the quality of life through education, improved community services, cultural awareness, youth programs, healthcare, diversity sensitivity and many other initiatives.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP Awards and Recognitions Write a review

"As a firm they are consistently excellent in just about every area." - Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011

"North America M&A Law Firm of the Year" - Americas M&A Atlas Middle Market Awards, November 2010

"Private Equity Team of the Year" and "Private Equity Deal of the Year" - IFLR 2011 Americas Awards, March 2011

National first-tier ranking for IP for five consecutive years - Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2010


Diversity Write a review

Kirkland believes that lawyers should offer the highest level of commitment to the profession. The firm is dedicated to building a team of lawyers who bring a broad range of benefits though they come from different socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds. Our commitment to diversity is reflected not only in the Firm's policies, programs and committees, but also through our efforts to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from difference.

Kirkland is a strong and dynamic institution with a strategic network of offices located in major business centers around the globe. In line with our strategy of sensible, organic growth, the Firm has expanded geographically to meet the needs of our clients while maintaining a strong focus on quality control. The Diversity Fellowship Program provides a $15,000 stipend payable during the recipient's third year of law school. Since its inception, the firm has awarded 82 fellowship grants totaling more than $1.2 million.

In 2008, Kirkland launched a unique and highly effective program called "ALLSA", an inclusive term that reflects our formal mission to reach out to "all" racial, ethnic, women's, and LGBT student groups (i.e., BLSA, APALSA, OUTLaw, etc.) at law schools across the country.

Summer associate program

Kirkland is unique because of the emphasis that the firm places on formal training and development of their lawyers. Kirkland's summer associate program does more than just teach the associates about the basics but offers students a realistic glimpse of their future as a lawyer.

Kirkland is a reputable firm and offers competitive salary, coupled with excellent opportunities for training with experienced and successful lawyers. Summer associates are assigned with challenging work and the opportunity to take real responsibility early and often. There are various summer associate training programs including Litigation training, Transactional Training, Restructuring Training and so on.

Working for the Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis is a thriving and energetic place to work and unique too. The firm recruits talented individuals from diverse backgrounds who have brilliant ideas to drive the firm forward. The firm boosts achievement and growth on individual basis.

Most lawyers will be allowed to work directly with partners on challenging cases and transactions right from first day. One can learn immensely through hands-on experience and can develop more easily than other peers working in other firms.

In addition to the early responsibility, the training is one area which the firm delivers impeccably well. Training provided by Kirkland Institute has been widely recognized as among the best in the country. Mock trial exercises, lectures and presentations are held in tandem from time to time.

All Kirkland attorneys can take on assignments through a "free-market" system where they can pick and choose what interests them, and the cases which have the ability to shape their career and work experience.


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