Mayer Brown International LLP - Trainee Recruitment


201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AF



£40,000 - £49,999



Practice Area
Banking/Finance, Competition/EU, Construction, Employment, Insurance/Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation/Dispute Resolution, Pensions, Real Estate, Tax, Commercial Litigation, Capital Markets, General Banking (debt finance)








  • Vacancies 15
  • Trainees 30
  • Partners 75
  • Total staff approx 460
  • Work placement yes
  • Training contract deadline 31 July 2019
  • Apply Online
  • 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, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, São Palo, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and 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 a distinctively global law firm, uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes. With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers – New York, London and Hong Kong – the backbone of the global economy.

We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry.

Our diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by our clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything we do.

Types of work

Our lawyers have expertise across a wide range of areas including corporate, finance, real estate, litigation (including dispute resolution, construction, insurance and reinsurance, antitrust and competition), employment, pensions, 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

Our trainees can tailor their Training Contract from a range of different seats, including our main practice areas in London, international secondments and our client secondments in London. For a global law firm, our London office remains a tightly knit team with 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. Trainees are given high levels of responsibility, case management and client contact from an early stage.

Work placements
Our Vacation Schemes are the main pipeline for our Training Contracts each year. We run three two-week Vacation Schemes each year: two in the summer and one in the Spring. All are based in our London office and applications are welcome from law and non-law undergraduates and graduates. During our Vacation Schemes you will assist partners and senior associates on real deals to give you firsthand experience of life in a City law firm. You will sit in two departments and you will also attend skills sessions which support your own professional development and provide more insight into the firm. There will also be a number of social activities organised, including a day at our Paris office.

When and how to apply

Vacation Schemes: applications are welcomed from both law and non-law undergraduates and graduates and can be made from 1 November 2018. The deadline is 31 January 2019.

For Training Contracts, penultimate year law students should apply after the release of their penultimate year exam results. Non-law students, final year law students and graduates should apply after 1 November 2018 in their final year of undergraduate study. The deadline for Training Contract applications is 31 July 2019 – however we encourage students to apply for a Vacation Scheme as this is the main pipeline for our Training Contracts each year and we welcome applications from penultimate year, finalists and graduates too.


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.