Jessica Lee, trainee, enjoyed early responsibility
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We recruit 34 trainees each year and expect you to have obtained, or be expected to achieve, at least a 2:1 in your degree, and a minimum of AAB at A level (or equivalent). You should demonstrate a consistently high level of performance throughout your studies. As part of the assessment process candidates will undertake psychometric testing and must meet our benchmark to progress.
Training Contract applications are accepted from law and non-law undergraduates, recent graduates or graduates who have spent time in business or pursued another career. In order to be considered for our vacation scheme, you must be in your penultimate year of study at a UK university (if you are studying towards a four year degree, we will consider you in either your second or third year of study).
There is no standard Baker & McKenzie trainee but characteristics we value include:
During the two year training contract, trainees will work in the Corporate and other departments as well as gaining valuable experience of contentious work, usually within the Dispute Resolution department. 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. As our work can be very intensive with tight deadlines, a highly focused and organised approach is required. Deals often involve substantial contact with our offices around the world, as well as other departments in the London office.
Our current trainee starting salary is £38,000 and trainees will also receive a one off joining bonus of £3000.
To apply for a vacation scheme or training contract, please complete an application form online. You will be asked to provide a covering letter outlining your motivation towards Baker & McKenzie and commercial law. We want to get a feel for you as an individual, your achievements, and also to see what knowledge and enthusiasm you have for our business.
If we feel that you are the right individual for us, we will invite you to take an online psychometric test which measures your ability to evaluate the logic of various kinds of arguments presented in written format. Those meeting our benchmark in the test are invited to participate in a telephone interview with a member of the Graduate Recruitment team. The final stage of our process is an assessment day.
If you are studying towards a law degree, you need to apply after completing the second year of your degree, preferably when you have received your second year examination results.
If you are studying towards a non-law degree, you should apply during the final year of your degree course.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 July.
If you have already graduated, although the Law Society's Recruitment Code of Practice does not apply to you, we still prefer to consider your application in line with our application deadline of 31 July.
Should you have any queries regarding the timing of your submission, please contact us.
Please note that due to the volume of applications we are unable to provide feedback to candidates at the application stage.
Assessment days for vacation schemes will take place in January and February.
Assessment days for Training Contracts will take place in August (law and non-law students). Assessment days will also be held in Spring for non-law students..
Once we have received your application, short-listed candidates will be invited to sit our verbal reasoning test. Those meeting our benchmark in the test are invited to participate in a telephone interview with a member of the Graduate Recruitment team. The final stage of our process is an assessment day.
The assessment day will include:
Remember - the interview is a two-way process. You should be assessing the Firm as much as we are assessing you.
Applications for Open Days are by CV and cover letter to
|October 1st 2012|
|Open for applications for December Open Day, Vacation Scheme and International Vacation Scheme in 2013 and Training Contracts|
|November 25th 2012|
|Application deadline for December Open Day|
|December 13th 2012|
|December 14th 2012|
|Application Deadline for January Open Day|
|January 17th 2013|
|January 31st 2013|
|Application deadline for Vacation Scheme and International Vacation Scheme.|
|Assessment Days - Vacation Scheme|
|February 28th 2013|
|Application deadline for April Open Day|
|April 4th 2013|
|April 30th 2013|
|Application deadline for 1st year Open Day in July|
|June 17th - July 5th 2013|
|Summer Vacation Scheme|
|July 8th - 26th 2013|
|Summer Vacation Scheme|
|July 24th 2013|
|1st year open day|
|July 29th - August 16th 2013|
|Summer Vacation Scheme|
|July 31st 2013|
|Application Deadline for Training Contracts|