Training Contract
at Baker & McKenzie

The firm

Baker & McKenzie is a leading global law firm based in 71 locations across 44 countries. With a presence in virtually every important financial and commercial centre in the world, our strategy is to provide the best combination of local legal and commercial knowledge, international expertise and resources. Our trainee solicitors are a vital part of that strategy, exposed to the international scope of the firm from the moment they start. There is also the possibility of an overseas secondment, recent secondees have spent time in Tokyo, Brussels, Moscow, Chicago and Hong Kong.

Types of work

London is home to the Firm's largest office where Baker & McKenzie has been well established since opening in 1961. With more than 400 legal professionals, we have a substantial presence in the legal and business community.

We deliver high-quality local solutions across a broad range of practices and global advice in conjunction with our 71 international offices. Our client base consists primarily of multinational corporates, based in the UK and elsewhere, and financial institutions. As may be expected of a firm with a very strong international client base, we have considerable expertise in acting on, and co-ordinating, cross-border transactions and disputes.

Our Corporate and Finance teams regularly advise on, and co-ordinate, complex, cross-border transactions for our clients. As a full service office, we cover all the practices expected of a major law firm in the UK, many of which are acclaimed and market-leading.

We also have a strong local reputation in specialist areas including intellectual property, information technology, telecoms, employment, pensions, banking and structured capital markets.

Training programme

The two-year training contract comprises of four six-month seats which include a corporate and a contentious seat, usually within our highly regarded dispute resolution department, together with the possibility of a secondment abroad or with a client. During each seat you will have formal and informal reviews to discuss your progress and regular meetings to explore subsequent seat preferences. Your 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 information technology. 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. There is a Trainee Solicitor Liaison Committee which acts as a forum for any new ideas or concerns which may occur during the training contract.

Who should apply

The firm strives to enable trainees to be the best they can be. We are looking for trainees who are stimulated by intellectual challenge. 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.

When and how to apply

The firm is aiming to recruit 34 individuals looking to commence their training contracts in either March 2015 or September 2015. The closing date for non-law students and law students is 31 July 2013. Application is by way of an online application form which can be found on our website.