Key information on Baker McKenzie's application process

The education section of the online form requires you to fill in the details of your secondary education, before completing a section on undergraduate education where you are asked for your degree class/grade (expected/achieved). There is also an opportunity to include any postgraduate qualifications.

There is a compulsory ‘activities and interests’ section, which asks you to list extra-curricular activities and responsibilities. It’s worth taking some time to consider which interests are most appropriate and what impression they give.

Covering letter (word count: 750 words max) 

Unlike in many other law firm applications, candidates are required to produce a covering letter rather than answer a series of questions. All applicants must produce a covering letter.


The covering letter asks for:

  • Your reasons for wishing to pursue a career in commercial law.
  • Your motivation for applying to Baker McKenzie.
  • Any additional information that is relevant to your application but hasn’t been covered in the form.

Successful applicants

Successful applicants are invited to take online situational judgement and verbal reasoning tests. This is followed by a strengths-based video interview.

From here, successful vacation scheme and training contract applicants alike attend an assessment day that begins with a group exercise. An interview with an associate follows this, and then the day finishes with a partner interview that revolves around a case study. Those who secure a place on a vacation scheme have an interview with a partner at the end of their visit and will find out shortly afterwards if they have secured a training contract.

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