Baker & McKenzie Trainee Recruitment

Trainee Solicitor

01 Dec 2016
31 Oct 2017
Full Time
Experience Level

About Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie is a leading global law firm based in over 75 locations in nearly 50 countries.

With a presence in nearly all of the world's leading financial and commercial centres, 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.

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 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.

Training Contract - Commencing 2019

Each year, we recruit 30 Trainees. We take the best and brightest talent and turn them into  well-rounded commercial lawyers that make our Firm stand out from the crowd. We do this by giving you the very best technical and skills training, delivered by our own lawyers, often Partners, so you’ll benefit from the latest advice and experience in a Baker & McKenzie context.

Your Training Contract will start with a two-week induction programme to equip you with the skills you’ll need to start making an immediate contribution. You can expect department-specific training and, throughout your Training Contract, you’ll be able to call on the personal and professional support of our Graduate Recruitment and Development team.

During your two-year Training Contract, you’ll spend six months in four key practice areas,referred to as ‘seats’. In each seat you’ll have a supervisor who acts as your work provider and mentor, and a Trainee Partner who is responsible for overseeing your progress. We believe it is important for all trainees to gain broad experience. Trainees regularly participate in a range of tasks including drafting, researching, attending meetings and proof-reading.

The Firm’s clients span a wide spectrum of industries, and the group encourages its trainees to develop a knowledge of specific industry sectors.

Our seat rotation policy ensures you experience at least three distinct areas of law, including Contentious Law. A number of departments offer contentious experience, including Dispute Resolution, Employment, Intellectual Property and EU, Competition & Trade.

Corporate work is at the heart of the Firm and all Trainees are required to complete six months in our Corporate department during their Training Contract. The Graduate Recruitment and Development team will discuss your interest in particular departments, which is considered inline wiith business needs. Midway through each seat, you’ll have an informal review to discuss your progress and development. At the end of each seat, there’ll be a more formal evaluation with a Trainee Partner who will provide feedback on your progress and experience.

All Trainees have the opportunity to apply for a three-month secondment to one of our international offices. Recent locations include Singapore, Moscow, Hong Kong, Brussels,Sydney and Johannesburg. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and in-line with the needs of the business and SRA regulations.

Depending on client needs, we’re also able to offer Trainee secondments to in-house legal teams with a variety of our clients. This will give you the chance to deepen your knowledge and skills, and gain a better understanding of their perspective.

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.

Given the nature of our work, we require trainees to work together 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. Our deals will often involve substantial contact with Baker & McKenzie offices around the world, as well as other departments within the London office.

Academic Requirements: 340 UCAS points (or equivalent) and a 2:1 degree minimum (or equivalent) in any degree discipline.

When and how to apply

The firm is aiming to recruit 30 individuals looking to commence their training contracts in either March 2019 or September 2019.

The closing date for finalists and graduates is 31st December 2016 and for penultimate year students, application open on the 1st June 2017 and the deadline is 31 July 2017.

Our Vacation Schemes

Each year we recruit approximately 10 Spring vacation scheme students and 30 Summer vacation scheme students. 

The Spring Vacation Scheme is now closed.

Summer Vacation  Scheme

Our Summer Vacation Scheme offers the ideal opportunity to experience what it’s like to work for a City-based, global law firm.

Each Vacation Scheme gives you the chance to experience two of our key practice areas. Training is provided throughout to familiarise you with some of our typical transactions and to help you develop key skills. We place great emphasis on involving you in ‘live’ work.

You’ll be an integral part of the team, attending client and department meetings, as well as court hearings. Expect plenty of social events and networking opportunities too. These will help you find out more about us by meeting a range of Partners, Associates and Trainees.

Who can apply?

We accept applications for the Summer Scheme from law and non-law students in their penultimate year of study – or second or third year for those on a four-year course.

We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background. We look for 340 UCAS points (or equivalent) but as we use a contextualised recruitment system we have the ability to understand your achievements in the context in which they have been gained. This allows us to, where appropriate, apply some flexibility and consider candidates who fall slightly short of our criteria and who demonstrate potential.

Deadline for the Summer Vacation Scheme is 31 December 2016

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