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Law Students and Graduates

Are you ready to discover and chart your legal career path? Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work will lead to the same place. Our summer and trainee programs will give you access to complex and sophisticated work for significant clients across the globe, signature training and mentoring programs led by our professional development team, and allow you to collaborate in our diverse and inclusive culture.

We invite you to review the information presented below and express your interest by submitting an online application.

Australia Clerkships
Australia Clerkships

A clerkship is the ideal opportunity for you to discover what we have to offer. We currently have clerkship programs in our Melbourne and Sydney offices. 

France Stagaires Program
France Stagaires Program

We seek talented interns to join our rapidly expanding Paris office that has a national and international practice focused on corporate, merger and acquisition, private equity, real estate, labor and employment, environmental, and commercial work.

Hong Kong Trainee Solicitor
Hong Kong Trainee Solicitor

We welcome applications from law students and graduates who are interested in entrusting and developing a long-term legal career with us.

Singapore Trainees
Singapore Trainees

Our Singapore office, operating as K&L Gates Straits Law LLC, anchors the firm's growing presence in South East Asia. With a business-friendly environment, Singapore has grown into one of the world's top finance centers.

UK Trainee Solicitor
UK Trainee Solicitor

We welcome applications from both law and non-law students who are seeking to commence their training in August 2024.

U.S. Summer Associates
U.S. Summer Associates

Make the transition from student to lawyer. Our summer associate program is the first step to becoming a full-time associate. 

 Australia Graduates
Australia Graduates

Our graduate program is designed to give you the technical capability and commercial context to succeed.

Milan Trainees
Milan Trainees

Our Milan office is always looking for exceptional talent within our key practice groups, including corporate, real estate and town-planning, energy, investment funds, litigation and dispute resolution, tax, labor and employment, IP/IT, and public law.

U.S. Judicial Clerks
U.S. Judicial Clerks

We appreciate the training and experience gained while working as judicial clerks and actively seeks to hire former clerks in practice areas where this experience is valuable. Candidates may be eligible for a clerkship bonus. 

U.S. Entry Level Associates
U.S. Entry Level Associates

While K&L Gates’ new associate class primarily consists of former summer associates, opportunities to hire third-year law students is determined on an office by office basis. 


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Corporate Social Responsibility

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The Application
If you are interested in a summer associate position, take a look at our recruiting calendar. We visit many law schools and attend job fairs where you can sign up for an on-campus interview. If interviewing on campus is not an option, we invite you to submit an online application

The Callback Interview  
If you are selected for an interview, plan to spend several hours at the firm meeting with lawyers of varying experiences and practices, and talking with local recruiting staff. If you have any questions before your interview, please contact the Regional Recruiting Manager

The Hiring Decision 
Students are notified about the status of their candidacy as soon as possible following their callback interview. 

We want to help you be at your best during your interview. Below are a few tips to help you prepare and feel confident:

Make a self-assessment
List all the factors that are important to you and rank them based on your needs and expectations. Ask yourself questions such as: What is your preferred firm size? What practice areas interest you? Do you prefer to work as a team, solo, or both? Would you rather be in an entrepreneurial, structured, or free-market environment?

Present the real you
In your interview, relax and respond to questions naturally and honestly. Sell your strengths. Recognize your weaknesses. And stay away from overly rehearsed responses. Honesty is always the best policy and if you really do not know the answer—just say so.

Understand expectations
It is no secret that practicing law is challenging. So it is important to comprehend the demands of the law firm where you’re interviewing. Ask what a typical day or week at the firm looks like. And understand the expectations of associates. After all, your chances for success and happiness are directly linked to whether your expectations and the expectations of the firm coincide.

Be aware of your surroundings
You can learn a lot about the culture of a firm, just by looking around. Note the design of the office space. See whether office doors are predominantly open or closed. Notice if the environment feels fast-paced and exciting or calmed and relaxed. You will be spending a lot of time at the office and you should feel comfortable in your new space.

Ask thoughtful questions
Do not waste time asking things you can find on a law firm website—ask the interviewer to go into more detail regarding what you have learned on your own. If there is a controversial topic, do not be afraid to ask about it in a positive and respectful manner. However, it is best to save more sensitive questions until you receive the offer.

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