I’ve been able to support clients in applying for asylum and immigration relief, which is particularly significant to me as a child of immigrants.
The culture at Kirkland is very collaborative, yet allows associates complete autonomy to chart their own paths. You can choose whom you work for and how you do that work. The culture at Kirkland encourages you to challenge yourself from the first day you walk through the door and allows you to take on new responsibilities each day. At Kirkland, we’re all working toward the common goal of providing the absolute best legal services and producing unparalleled work product.
I’m proud to be a Kirkland attorney because of the reputation Kirkland has in the legal and business worlds. The Kirkland name signals that you’ve been trained by the best legal practitioners in the industry and that you’re capable of navigating even the most complex of transactions and legal issues.
The training you receive at Kirkland as a first-year associate helps create a strong foundation that you’re able to build on. The formal program is individually tailored to our specific areas of practice and the work style at Kirkland.
Beyond the formal training, some of the most valuable training comes from daily collaboration with other attorneys on your deal team. The informal training that happens as you’re moving through deals, asking questions and thinking critically about how to approach different legal issues is where the bulk of your learning happens.
Toward the end of my first year at Kirkland, I led a full deal from start to finish on my own. I was responsible for staffing the deal, leading the calls with the clients and opposing counsel, and thinking through the legal challenges and issues. It was a great opportunity and I was grateful to be able to do that so early on.
The open assignment system is one of the best things about Kirkland. It gives you a sense of ownership over your day-to-day work and allows you to collaborate with colleagues who have similar work styles. You can seek out clients that are working in fields of interest to you or working on the type of transactions in which you’d like to gain experience. The open assignment system helps foster long-lasting relationships with partners, other colleagues and clients.