Form: S-8

Initial registration statement for securities to be offered to employees pursuant to employee benefit plans

March 1, 1999


Published on March 1, 1999



March 1, 1999

Korn/Ferry International
1800 Century Park East, Suite 900
Los Angeles, California 90067

Re: Registration on Form S-8 of
Korn/Ferry International (the "Company")

Ladies and Gentlemen:

At your request, we have examined the Registration Statement on Form S-8 to
be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the
registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, of 7,000,000 shares
of Common Stock, no par value, of the Company (the "Common Stock"), to be issued
pursuant to the Korn/Ferry International Performance Award Plan (the "Plan").
We have examined the proceedings heretofore taken and to be taken in connection
with the authorization of the Plan and the Common Stock to be issued pursuant to
and in accordance with the Plan.

Based upon such examination and upon such matters of fact and law as we
have deemed relevant, we are of the opinion that the Common Stock has been duly
authorized by all necessary corporate action on the part of the Company and,
when issued in accordance with such authorization, the provisions of the Plan
and relevant agreements duly authorized by and in accordance with the terms of
the Plan and when the certificates representing the Common Stock have been
countersigned by a duly authorized signatory of the registrar for the Common
Stock, the Common Stock will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

We consent to the use of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ O'Melveny & Myers LLP