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Why Baker McKenzie?

We are different from other law firms in the way we think, work and behave. Global in our outlook from the beginning, for six consecutive years we have been named as the world's strongest law firm brand by Acritas, underlining our dedication to being the best. We know the value of our talent in sustaining this success and so we're committed to offering the platform to nurture this talent.

We want individuals who can combine an impressive academic track record with excellent technical skills. But personal qualities are also important to us, so we're only interested in people who can bring clarity to complex situations, are committed to excellence, and are good problem solvers. We also want people who are comfortable working in diverse teams where friendship is valued.

We actively promote a culture of learning within the Firm, as employees are encouraged to expand their knowledge and expertise throughout their careers – this culture of learning is underpinned by our comprehensive Development Framework.

Our world-class learning programs will help you develop as far and as fast as your talents and drive will take you, be it at entry, associate or partner level. We have over 15 global milestone training programs, attended by over 400 lawyers each year, aimed at supporting you through your career, including:

  • Partner Leadership Program - A 12-month program tailored to the needs of our leaders
  • New Partner Program - A program to aid your transition to the manager role
  • Mid Level and Senior Associate Training Program - Regional associate courses designed to strengthen networks and build relationships with colleagues
  • Lateral Partners - A program that encourages partners to inspire, coach and mentor

Our commitment to excellence also explains why more of our lawyers are included as leading lawyers in the Chambers Global Guide to the World's Best Lawyers than any other Global 20 law firm.

Our Development Framework outlines the skills and personal qualities you need to be successful when working here. This framework informs how we recruit, develop and manage our talent, with specific paths set our for attorneys, business services roles and secretaries. It also gives you a comprehensive overview of what high performance looks like in the Firm. This living document offers a clear roadmap to success, and we'll be there every step of the way to help you fulfil your potential. We have a deep understanding of the culture of business the world over and are able to bring the talent and experience needed to help you be successful. Harvard Business School has selected the framework as one of its best practice case studies on talent management.

Find out more about our Lawyer Development Framework

Find out more about our Business Services Development Framework

Find out more about our Secretarial Development Framework

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Global Opportunities

Overseas relationships are the building blocks of our global business and we will support your career aspirations by offering access to formal mobility programs where possible. These programs give you the chance to travel to other countries, engage with global clients, and develop your networks.

Most formal programs are designed for our lawyers, but we have many examples of Business Services employees who have carved out a career in multiple jurisdictions with the Firm.

We award International Clerkships to law students and recent graduates interested in exploring a career in law. Recipients typically work with lawyers from two different countries over a 12-week period.

The program offers you the chance to compare legal practice in two distinctive legal jurisdictions, become familiar with a legal culture different from your own and see our international practice from the inside.

The Associate Training Program (ATP) is our flagship mobility program, having been established over 30 years ago. Hundreds of associates have participated in this program to date.

The ATP provides our associates with an excellent opportunity for development through active participation in the daily working life of the host office and being exposed to a wide range of clients and matters to enhance their on-the-job learning. ATP participants will also benefit from all the training and development opportunities offered by their hosts and we actively encourage them, wherever possible, to take LL.M courses, external Executive Education programs or similar programs available in the host jurisdiction.

The program is open to associates who have been with us for at least two years and choice of location may be influenced by - but will not be dependent upon - an associate's interest in a country, ability to speak another language, the business need of one of our clients or the need of one of our practice groups.

Every year we provide a number of scholarships to our associates for full-time graduate legal study outside their home jurisdictions, usually in a college or university near one of our offices. These prestigious awards are open to individuals who have been with us for at least two years and the program of study must include the completion of a graduate law degree (LLM, MCL, or similar degree). Each scholarship is awarded for a minimum of 12 months of study.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity is central to our success. We are at home anywhere in the world and we rely on our people to navigate cultures, borders and practices with ease. Our global community is made up of many, creeds, colors, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, people with disabilities, and other range of human differences. What really sets us apart is our ability to leverage the different languages, cultures, generations and perspectives we have to create a truly international law firm that places a real focus on diversity and inclusion.

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace is top of our agenda – we have been named as The Most Innovative Lawyers in Diversity by the Financial Times, and we understand that fostering a culture of respect and inclusion creates a dynamic and happy workforce. To ensure we maintain a focused agenda, we have a Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee comprised of members from all four of our world regions that is chaired by a member of our Executive Committee.

Find Out More About Our D&I Initiatives