Bring your wide-ranging talents and far-reaching ambitions to Baker McKenzie. In return, we’ll help you lay the foundations for a successful career as a lawyer and give you the chance to get involved in some of the most fascinating and complex international, cross-practice work.

A law firm like no other

Since 1949, Baker McKenzie has been different in the way we think, work and behave — like no other firm and few other businesses. Our reach spans more than 70 global offices and our team of 13,000 people, including over 6,500 lawyers and tax professionals, works alongside our clients to drive growth that is both sustainable — and inclusive. At Baker McKenzie, everyone has a vital role to play and everyone's voice is important. We pride ourselves on nurturing a one high-performing team culture and our commitment is to our people.

We have been ranked among the Top Law Firms for Diversity by MultiCultural Law Magazine for 10 consecutive years.

We have been ranked among the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign for 11 consecutive years.

We have consistently been ranked as a Top Firm for Women by multiple publications across the globe.

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Baker McKenzie offers a realistic professional experience by providing summer associates with client work of the same caliber as performed by the Firm’s lawyers. Summer associates work directly with attorneys and receive hands-on experience throughout the program. Formal reviews are held at the mid-point and end of the program to provide an evaluation of overall performance.

Mentors & Networking

Summer associates are paired with partner and associate mentors who facilitate introductions and ensure summer associates receive the proper amount and variety of work. There are ample opportunities for networking with attorneys, clients, and other summer associates over the course of the program through our planned social activities and local or regional Firm events.


Summer associates are provided with opportunities for professional development through comprehensive training sessions. Trainings include practice group introductions, writing workshops, time entry best practices, simulated client meetings, and more. We are committed to robust training within the summer program and offer our summer associates the opportunity to travel to a designated US office to participate in a North America Summer Associate Meeting designed to offer skills-based training, practice-based training and networking.

"As the summer program progressed, I not only became more confident in what my passions are as a future attorney given all the work I was exposed to but I also fostered amazing relationships with those in the office. By having exposure to partners who challenged me when I was assigned projects while also discussing life, children, out of work hobbies, and general challenges, I was able to understand this was a place I will grow professionally and generally."

Employment & Compensation

Our team of Employment & Compensation lawyers work with domestic and multinational businesses to navigate all of their employment needs, from day-to-day human resources requirements to sensitive employment litigation to critical global business change projects. As strategic business partners, we help clients manage their primary asset – their people.

International Commercial

We have the global reach and deep industry expertise to help navigate complex legal problems and situations associated with taking products, services, business models, IP and contracts international.

IP Technology

Our IP Tech lawyers advise industry leading clients on the latest technological and market developments while also providing unique insights on protecting and preserving the value of IP rights in M&A transactions.

Litigation & Government Enforcement

Our team of more than 150 litigators has tried cases in virtually every jurisdiction in North America, and we leverage our familiarity with the judges and opposing counsel to effectively and efficiently resolve disputes.


Our global team of experienced lawyers, economists, and tax advisors combines deep industry knowledge and technical skill to deliver integrated advice that seamlessly aligns to our clients' businesses. We look at tax from every direction and provide full-scale solutions — from policy to planning, from transactions to dispute resolution.


Our Transactional practice group advises clients on everything from mergers and acquisitions to IPOs and reorganizations of group structures, and from private equity investments and public company takeovers to insider dealing.

Summer associates can participate in unique experiences aimed to develop their skills-based and practice-based training, both inside and outside the Firm. We offer opportunities to be considered for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, secondment opportunities with our clients, traveling and working abroad, supporting our world-class pro-bono efforts and applying for our Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Legal Fellowship Program.

Client Summer Scholars Program

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The Baker McKenzie Client Summer Scholars Program is a unique experience for our summer associates. Client summer scholars spend two to four weeks after the Baker McKenzie Summer Program working onsite with a client and gaining valuable in-house legal experience. Client summer scholars are paid the Baker McKenzie summer associate salary for the duration of the experience and come away with expanded networks and unique insight into the in-house career path. Past client summer scholars have worked in Memphis, Cupertino, Naperville, Mountain View and many other cities across the country. We encourage all summer associates to apply to these opportunities. There are a limited number of spots available each year and we encourage all summer associates to apply.

Read testimonials from past client summer scholars

International Clerkship

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Each year Baker McKenzie awards international clerkships to law students interested in exploring a global legal career with the Firm. Summer associates in our North America offices have the opportunity to apply for these clerkships at the start of the Summer Program. Selected clerks spend up to four weeks working in one of the Firm's global offices. Clerkships have been held in Amsterdam, Zurich, Hong Kong, Sydney and many of our other global offices. There are a limited number of spots available each year and we encourage all summer associates to apply.

Baker McKenzie Legal Fellowship

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The Baker McKenzie Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Legal Fellowship Program furthers our commitment to recruit and develop talented lawyers who seek to contribute to Baker McKenzie's mission of inclusion and diversity as well as the creation of a more inclusive legal profession.

Fellowships are awarded to second year law students in the United States who have received an offer of employment to join Baker McKenzie's Summer Program and who are committed to inclusion, diversity and equity within the legal community. Each recipient receives USD 50,000.

Learn more about our ID&E commitment

Pro Bono

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Every year our summer associates collaborate on a signature pro bono project. Our pro bono practice focuses efforts in areas of strategic focus, our IMPACT areas. These include Children's Rights, Gender Justice, Justice Crossing Borders, LGBTQ Advocacy, and Rule of Law.

Learn more about our Pro Bono practice

Associate Training Program

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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. We actively encourage ATPs, wherever possible, to take LLM courses, external executive education programs or similar programs available in the host jurisdiction.

This 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.

We want individuals who can combine an impressive academic track record with excellent technical skills. Personal qualities matter — we look for engaged global citizens, critical thinkers and problem solvers. These qualities mean candidates can make connections across traditional practice, sector and market lines, and can process information, finding connections in complex situations to offer real insight and foresight to clients. Importantly, we want people who thrive in diverse teams where friendship is valued.

We actively recruit second year law students at various law schools and job fairs each summer. View our list of anticipated rising 2L on-campus interviews below.

Anticipated 2024 US On-Campus Interviews*

Columbia Law School
Duke University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Harvard Law School
Howard University School of Law
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
NYU School of Law
Stanford Law School
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
UCLA School of Law
University of Chicago Law School
University of Michigan Law School
University of Virginia School of Law
Vanderbilt Law School
Washington University School of Law

*Baker McKenzie's US OCI list may change at any time without notice. We accept direct applications from candidates who meet our criteria from any ABA-accredited law school.

We recruit first year law students on an as-needed basis through direct application in winter when applicable.

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All available summer associate opportunities are posted on our careers page until positions are filled. We look forward to reviewing your application to your primary office of interest.
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