About Baker McKenzie LLP
With over 13,000 people in 78 offices around the world, Baker McKenzie prides itself on being a truly innovative law firm. In the current climate, that’s never been more important. It also enables them to go above and beyond for their clients, collaborating across borders, markets and industries.
Working at Baker McKenzie means being challenged. It means being supported. Yes, they’re a big firm, but they’re not so big that they fail to recognise the importance of fresh, new talent.
As a Trainee Solicitor, graduates will liaise directly with clients on high-profile cases. They’ll sit in on important meetings, and prepare agreements, deeds and other legal documents. They’ll also get the chance to apply for a six-month secondment at one of Baker McKenzie’s international offices. Past trainees have spent time in San Francisco, Singapore, Washington, Brussels, Dubai, New York and Tokyo. They’ve worked with big-name debt funds and large banks on deals which make the six o’clock news.
When it comes to diversity and inclusion, the Firm invests in a number of employee networks committed to mental health, LGBT+ rights, cultural diversity, social mobility and more. And when it comes to culture, Baker McKenzie promotes a positive working environment where creativity is encouraged and different points of view are heard. The Firm also has its own football, netball, cricket and mixed hockey teams. Yoga classes are held in the lunchtimes and evenings, and to help employees get to know each other away from their desks, Baker McKenzie also arranges regular social events.
What do you need to succeed?
Each year, we recruit 33 talented and ambitious Trainees. Individuals who we believe will make the well-rounded lawyers who will help our firm continue to stand out from the rest.
We use a contextualised recruitment system to ensure we employ people from a variety of backgrounds. The system enables us to understand your achievements in the context in which they were gained. So if you demonstrate real potential but fall slightly short of our criteria, you’ll still be considered. We’ll also take into account any mitigating circumstances relating to a disability or long-term health condition.