Training Contract 2023 (Finalists, Penultimate & Graduates)
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.
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 and Development 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. 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.
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: £52,000 in first year Posting date: 1st February
2021 Closing date: 1st April 2021 Location: London
Baker McKenzie has a culture of diversity and inclusion in its DNA –
since our beginning, the differences of our people have helped us to
work fluently across borders, cultures and practices. This is
intrinsic to everything we do and underpins Baker McKenzie's vision to
be the global law firm of choice. We understand that organisations
work best when people with different backgrounds and points of view
are brought together. We also know people perform at their best when
they can be themselves at work. Baker McKenzie is committed to serving
our clients with innovative solutions brought about by a diverse
talent pool and an inclusive community.
The London office mirrors the wider firm in encouraging the best
people, regardless of race, culture, religion or belief (if any),
gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation
or age, to fulfil their professional aspirations with us so as to
create an exciting and diverse legal environment.
To help manage your expectations, please see below our assessment timeline:
February 1st 2021 - Applications open.
February 1st - April 1st 2021 - Applications will be reviewed on a
April 1st 2021 - Application deadline.
April 2021 - Successful candidates sent invite to undertake online
tests and a video interview.
May 2021 - Successful candidates will attend an assessment centre.
May - June 2021 - Successful candidates will be offered a Training
Contract to commence in March or September 2023.