Legal Education & Development


Two things set Kirkland apart from other firms: responsibility and training. - Justin Singh, Partner


Kirkland is dedicated to providing our attorneys with an unparalleled legal education. Our global training initiatives rank among the top five firms in each of the last 10 editions of Vault’s “Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.” We provide extensive learning opportunities in a variety of formats, from hands-on workshops to digital modules, to prepare attorneys for success at every level. Partners, associates and industry experts develop our programs to equip attorneys with the skills they need to exceed client expectations. Through our innovative and comprehensive curriculum, we foster excellence, empower teams, and cultivate smart collaboration. Our key learning initiatives include:

Kirkland University (KU)
Kirkland University encompasses the Firm’s corporate and transactional training offerings. The KU curriculum provides progressive courses aligned to associate tenure and practice group benchmarks. First-year associates attend Basic Training Academy which is a hands-on workshop that sets up new corporate lawyers for success. Every associate is subsequently assigned to a Learning Journey — an online profile that displays core legal and optional course supplements, as well as business acumen programs to complete each year.

Kirkland Institute for Trial Advocacy (KITA)
Litigation associates attend a series of immersive courses that culminate in our Firmwide, nationally-renowned mock trial program. Litigation training includes a variety of annual seminars such as professional responsibility, written discovery, evidence, legal writing, expert witness testimony and taking and defending depositions.

Numerous practice groups organize meetings to discuss current developments in the legal market and we encourage attorneys to attend programs outside of their area of focus.

Kirkland Leadership & Management Training
Junior, mid-level and senior attorneys attend a series of programs focused on career advancement. The courses reflect the increased managerial responsibilities attorneys face as they become more senior. Topics range from delegation and feedback to strengthening client relationships.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
The Firm provides hundreds of courses year-round to help attorneys fulfill state bar requirements. Kirkland & Ellis is an accredited provider of continuing legal education in California, Illinois, New York and Texas. The Firm has a privileged membership with Practising Law Institute (PLI). All attorneys have a PLI account and access to live seminars, webcasts, on-demand programs and more, free of charge. Attorneys can view their CLE compliance report and the CE Manager E-Learning Library anytime.

We are extremely proud of our culture of learning.