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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".
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.