Training Contract/Vacation Schemes
About Mayer Brown
Mayer Brown is a leading international law firm with 21 offices in key financial centres across the Americas, Europe and Asia. We have approximately 1,000 lawyers in the Americas, 500 in Europe and 300 in Asia. This unrivalled on-the-ground presence ensures our clients have complete access to local expertise on an international basis.
Mayer Brown in London
With more than 125 partners, 220 associates and 60 trainee solicitors spread across the heart of the City, the London office provides a full service presence working together with its US, European and Asian counterparts to provide clients with complete representation on local and multi-jurisdictional matters alike. While our lawyers primarily practise English law, many are also qualified in the United States and other jurisdictions.
Our lawyers practise in a wide range of areas including corporate, finance, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, insurance and reinsurance, pensions and employment, competition and trade, tax, intellectual property, and information technology. Clients include many of the FTSE and Fortune 500 companies from the worlds of banking, insurance, communications, industrials, energy, construction, professional services, media, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and mining.
Why train at Mayer Brown?
Mayer Brown advises some of the world’s most sophisticated and complex businesses and institutions. You will have the opportunity to work alongside some award-winning teams and individuals.
One of the advantages of joining Mayer Brown are the choices available to you. Our trainees can tailor their training contract from a range of 27 different seats, including our main practice areas in London (as listed above), ten client secondments and six international secondments (Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and São Paolo).
For a large international firm, our London office remains a tightly knit team harbouring an open and inclusive culture. You will nevertheless be given significant opportunities to assist on matters which may be multi-disciplinary, cross-border, complex and high-profile in nature.
Our 2008/9 trainee intake of 35-40 is relatively low for a firm of our magnitude. Trainees are given high levels of responsibility, case management and client contact from an early stage. The firm also has an extensive support network in place throughout the training contract in the form of senior-level support and continuous appraisals.
As an international firm specialising in a wide range of practice areas, our trainee intake is representative of the firm itself. Mayer Brown values and encourages diversity – this is critical to our success as an international law firm serving a very diverse client base worldwide.
Our trainee pool is wide and represents individuals of varying experiences and backgrounds. Last year we recruited from 28 different universities, 40% of our trainee intake have studied non-law degrees and some trainees have even had previous careers prior to joining our firm. It is safe to say there is no conventional Mayer Brown trainee.
Work Experience Programmes
During our work experience programmes, you will assist a partner or senior associate on real deals to give you first-hand experience of life in a City law firm. You will sit in two departments and we you will be asked in advance which areas interest you most. You will also work with fellow work experience programme students on a project designed to test your research skills and to expose you to our broad range of practice areas and international offices.
You will also be invited to attend presentations on our different practice areas to give you more insight into the breadth of the firm. There will also be plenty of social activities organised, including a day at our office in Brussels.
How to apply
Our work experience programmes take place at Easter and during the Summer and are based in the London office. Applications are welcomed from both law and non-law undergraduates and can be made from 1 November.
For training contracts, non law students should apply after the 1 November in the final year of their undergraduate degree. Law students should apply in July of their penultimate year of study. All other applicants should apply after 1 November in each recruitment year. The deadline for training contract applications is 31 July.
For more information on Mayer Brown, and for our online application form, please click on the 'Apply' button above.