Mayer Brown International LLP - Trainee Recruitment


201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AF



£40,000 - £49,999



Practice Area
Banking/Finance, Competition/EU, Construction, Corporate, Employment, Insurance/Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation/Dispute Resolution, Pensions, Real Estate, Tax, Regulatory/Compliance (except Banking/Finance)








  • Vacancies 15
  • Trainees 30
  • Partners 86
  • Total staff approx 460
  • Work placement yes
  • Training contract deadline 31 July 2018
  • Apply Online
  • Starting salary £44,000
  • Minimum qualifications 2.1 degree or equivalent and AAB at A level or equivalent
  • Sponsorship GDL/LPC

Bangkok, Beijing, Brasilia, Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Washington DC

The firm
Mayer Brown was one of the first law firms to develop a global platform in recognition of the fact that many of its clients increasingly needed integrated, cross-border legal advice. The firm is now one of the world’s leading global law firms with offices in major cities across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In Brazil, the firm has an association with Tauil & Chequer Avogados. Through the association, the extensive international expertise of its lawyers and its presence in the leading financial centres around the world, Mayer Brown provides high quality legal advice and client-focused solutions to support many of the world’s leading businesses.

Types of work
Our lawyers have expertise across a wide range of areas including corporate, finance, real estate, construction, litigation and dispute resolution, employment, pensions, antitrust and competition, insurance and reinsurance, tax, financial services regulatory and intellectual property.

Who should apply
We are looking for candidates who not only have a consistently strong academic record including a minimum of a 2.1 degree (predicted or obtained) in any discipline, but also who have a wide range of interests and achievements outside their academic career. Additionally, we would like to see innovative candidates who can demonstrate a drive for results, good verbal and written communication skills, and an ability to analyse, with good judgement and excellent interpersonal skills.

Training programme

One of the advantages of joining Mayer Brown are the choices available to you. As a trainee at the firm, you will be able to tailor your training contract across a broad range of seats, including our main practice areas in London (as listed above), and international secondments in either Hong Kong or the US. If you don’t want to stray too far, you have the option to gain valuable in house experience by going on secondment to one of the firm’s major clients. While Mayer Brown is a global law firm, our London office remains a tightly knit team with an open and inclusive culture. You will be given significant opportunities to assist on matters which may be multidisciplinary, cross-border, complex and high-profile in nature.

When and how to apply
The deadline for training contracts commencing in March/September 2020 is 31 July 2018. However we encourage students to apply for a vacation scheme as this is the main pipeline for our training contracts each year; the deadline is 31 January 2018 for schemes in the spring and summer and we welcome applications from penultimate year, finalists and graduates too. Applications are made online via the website.

Work placements
We run three vacation schemes each year; one in the spring and two in the summer. You will gain experience in two key practice areas and be involved in seminars and social events including a trip to our Paris office. Our vacation schemes are the main pipeline for our training contracts each year.


The firm will cover the cost of the GDL and LPC and provide a maintenance grant of £10,000 for the LPC, £7,000 for the GDL in London and £6,500 elsewhere. The firm asks all LPC students to complete the LPC at BPP law school in London.