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Training Contract 2022 (Penultimate)
Baker McKenzie is the world’s premier global law firm. London is home
to the firm’s largest office where Baker McKenzie has been well
established since its opening in 1961. With more than 400 lawyers, we
deliver high-quality local solutions across a broad range of practices
and offer global advice in conjunction with our international offices.
With a strong international client base, we have considerable
expertise in acting on, and coordinating, complex cross border
transactions and disputes.
You'll find the work here as interesting as it is impactful. We have
a wide variety of practice areas, an impressive range of international
opportunities and training that's proven to turn talented graduates
into leading lawyers. At Baker McKenzie, we foster an environment
that's genuinely collegiate, collaborative and supportive.
We are offering 33 Training Contracts for March and September 2023.
Our Training Contracts last for two years and give you the opportunity
to experience four practice areas. All Trainee Solicitors are required
to undertake a Corporate or Banking seat. There are also opportunities
for client or overseas secondments.
Main duties and responsibilities
The Training Contract commences with a highly interactive and
practical induction programme which focuses on key skills including
practical problem solving, presenting and the application of
At the beginning of each seat you will be assigned a dedicated
supervisor who will monitor your training and development throughout
the seat. In addition, you will have formal and informal reviews with
your supervisor to discuss your progress and regular meetings with the
Graduate Recruitment team to explore subsequent seat preferences. The
firm’s training programmes include important components on management
and other business skills, as well as seminars and workshops on key
legal topics for each practice area.
Given the nature of our work, we require Trainee Solicitors to
function as part of a co-ordinated team. As our work can be very
intensive with tight deadlines, a highly focused and organised
approach is required. Deals often involve substantial contact with
Baker McKenzie offices around the world, as well as other departments
in the London office as necessary. Our seat rotation policy ensures
you experience different areas of law, including contentious law.
Corporate work is at the heart of our firm, so all Trainee Solicitors
are required to complete six months in a transactional seat. Each seat
will vary and daily tasks will include (but are not limited to)
drafting and proof-reading documents, researching relevant points of
law and attending meetings with Clients.
There is also a range of opportunities open to all employees
including our trainees from engagement in our Diversity projects and
Community outreach initiatives to Graduate Recruitment.
What we look for
To be eligible, you’ll need to be on track for a 2:1 degree, backed
up by a minimum of 340/136 UCAS points (or equivalent). We’re looking
for those who have achieved a consistently high level of performance
and have an international focus, strong leadership skills, as well as
intellect and initiative. Effective communication skills, together
with the ability to be creative and practical problem solvers, team
players and to have a sense of humour, are qualities which will help
them stand out from the crowd.
Skills and qualifications
You will need to be on track for a 2:1 degree, backed up by a minimum
of 340/136 UCAS points (or equivalent).
As part of the screening process we will also look at candidates'
work experience, responsibilities and motivations to becoming a
Commercial Solicitor at Baker McKenzie. As part of the assessment
process candidates will undertake the Watson Glaser test and must meet
our benchmark to progress.
Find out more at:https://uk-graduates.bakermckenzie.com/ Salary
package: £48,000 in first year, £52,000 in second year Posting
date: 1st June 2020 Closing date: 1st July 2020 Location: London
Baker McKenzie, London is committed to promoting diversity and
inclusion for all. This is intrinsic to everything we do and underpins
Baker McKenzie's vision to be the premier global law firm. This vision
cannot be achieved without harnessing the imagination and the creative
problem-solving capability of talented people whatever their
background. Our unique international culture is reflected in the
drawing together of a worldwide family of individuals from diverse
cultures and backgrounds in all of our offices.
The London office mirrors the wider firm in encouraging the best
people, regardless of race, religion or belief if any, gender, gender
identity, disability, sexual orientation or age, to fulfil their
professional aspirations with us so as to create an exciting and
diverse legal environment.
We encourage applications from penultimate year students.
To help manage your expectations, please see below our assessment timeline:
June 1st 2020 - Applications open.
June 1st - July 1st 2020 - Applications will be reviewed on a
July 1st 2020 - Application deadline.
July 2020 - Successful candidates sent invite to undertake online
tests and a video interview.
August 2020 - Successful candidates will attend an assessment centre.
August - September 2020 - Successful candidates will be offered a
Training Contract to commence in March or September 2023.