Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab

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David Zarfes
Sean Z. Kramer
Josh Avratin

Special Advisor

Jason Sussman

About the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab

Founded in 2009, the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab aims to provide students with “real-world” experience and context, to prepare them to become well-rounded legal practitioners with sound legal and business judgment, and to afford them with opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects with multinational companies. By working on actual projects and through classroom instruction, students in the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab learn practical legal and business skills and knowledge.

Outside of the classroom, the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab hosts an ongoing speaker series throughout the academic year, bringing to campus experienced practitioners, business leaders, and other esteemed guests to discuss topical business-and-law issues, the practical aspects of particular substantive areas of law, and other topics of interest to the speakers and students.  

Following the completion of the academic year, the Lab hosts its Transactional Challenge for rising second-year law students to provide exposure to transactional practice. The Challenge allows students to compete against each other in a series of “real world” transactional corporate exercises. The top participants are recognized for their accomplishments, and have an opportunity to network with senior in-house counsel and law firm partners, during a post-competition reception in the fall.

The Lab also convenes periodic conferences and symposia, joining outside experts from Corporate America, the Bar, the federal government, the judiciary, and the academy to address in true multidisciplinary manner numerous business and legal issues of the day—e.g., FCPA compliance, and corporate social responsibility.

The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab has attracted the participation of some of the Law School’s finest talent—those students at the top of their class soon to become associates at top law firms, clerks for judges at the federal appellate level, and future leaders of major corporations—and the legal departments at some of the world’s premier companies.

The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab has partnered with many companies, including:

  • Accenture
  • Allstate
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Blue Haven Initiative (a Pritzker family NGO)
  • Booth New Venture Challenge
  • CDW
  • GE Capital
  • General Mills
  • Honeywell
  • IBM
  • Integrys Energy Group
  • Italian Trade Commission
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola Mobility
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nike
  • Northern Trust
  • Schneider National
  • Schreiber Foods
  • Sony Electronics
  • Stericycle
  • United Airlines
  • Verizon Communications