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K&L Gates LLP

  • TBD vacancies
  • 14 trainees
  • 45 partners
  • 210 staff

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Apply between 1 November 2020 and 31 July 2021 to begin August 2023.

Applications must be made online at

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Applications to

Ms Hayley Atherton

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview

K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. Our broad global platform allows us to guide clients through the legal challenges inherent in the ever-changing international landscape. K&L Gates represents leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. Our lawyers also serve public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organisations, and individuals. We are leaders in legal issues related to industries critical to the economies of both the developed and developing worlds – technology, manufacturing, financial services, health care, and energy, among many others.

K&L Gates overseas offices is located in; Austin, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brisbane, Brussels, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Munich, Newark, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, Perth, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Washington DC, Wilmington.

To find out what it is like to work at K&L Gates LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

The firm’s formal summer legal work placement scheme is open to law and non-law students and other relevant postgraduates. Your two weeks with us in July will provide you with broad exposure to opportunities in diverse areas. We aim to give you a seat in at least two departments, and wherever possible we will allocate you to a seat of your choice.

The firm ensures each trainee is given exceptional opportunities to learn, experience and develop so that they can achieve their maximum potential. K&L Gates is active in the areas of corporate/M&A, capital markets, private equity, restructuring and insolvency, banking and asset finance, structured finance, derivatives, aviation, funds, antitrust, competition and trade regulation, public policy, real estate, planning and environment, intellectual property, media and sport, construction, energy, infrastructure and resources, insurance coverage, regulatory, tax, employment, litigation, international arbitration, investigations, enforcement and white-collar crime plus other forms of dispute resolution.

Trainees spend six month seats in four of the areas mentioned above. Each trainee sits with a supervisor and is allocated an individual mentor to ensure all round supervision and training. The firm has a thorough induction scheme and career development programme. High importance is placed on the acquisition of business and professional skills, with considerable emphasis on client contact and early responsibility. The training programme consists of weekly legal education seminars, workshops and a full programme of skills electives. Pro bono and corporate social responsibility activities are also encouraged.

GDL funding: fees paid plus £5,000 maintenance grant. LPC funding: fees paid plus £7,000 maintenance grant.

  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Investment management
  • Tax
  • Employment
  • Real estate
  • Planning
  • Litigation
  • Insurance coverage
  • White-collar crime
  • Competition
  • IP
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure & resources
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF
Phone: 020 7648 9000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 12
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £43,000 (2020)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC
Training contract applications: 800 (2015)
Retention rate: 62% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 77.8% male (2020)
  • 22.2% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 47.0% male (2020)
  • 53.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Retail outlets
  • London
  • Amicus
  • Battersea Legal Advice Centre
  • LawWorks
  • Black Lawyers’ Directory
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • IntoUniversity
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • SEO London
  • Stonewall