Application process

So what happens next?

  • Online application

    Our online application form will ask for your complete academic record, work experience, extra-curricular activities, positions of responsibility and a covering letter.

  • Online testing

    Should your application meet our criteria, you'll be sent links to an online situational judgment test and an online verbal reasoning test.

  • Video interview

    Upon successful completion of both online tests, you'll be invited to a video interview, to respond to pre-recorded questions.

  • Assessment centre

    Our assessment centre consists of a group exercise, a Partner interview based on a case study and an Associate interview. We also provide lunch with our Trainees to help settle any nerves and break up the day.

  • Offer

    If you're successful you'll receive an offer (either for a place on our Vacation Scheme or for a Training Contract, depending on the programme you've applied for). You'll have access to the Graduate Recruitment & Development team if you need any support in making your decision.

  • Please note that our recruitment process is based on a contextualised system. This enables us to recruit the best people from all kinds of backgrounds, and help us understand your achievements in the context in which they were gained. So, if you show real potential, but don’t quite meet our selection criteria, you will still be considered. We will also take into consideration any mitigating circumstances related to a disability or long term health condition.

Interview tips

We want every applicant to be at their best during their interviews, so here are a few tips to help:

BE PREPARED – you’re going to get asked questions, and we’ll expect you to ask us questions. Revisit your research and be ready to share details of the achievements you’re most proud of. Tell us what makes you determined to pursue a career in commercial law with Baker McKenzie.

BE YOURSELF – you’ve made it this far because you’ve impressed us. Sure, you’ll be a little nervous at your interview, but be natural. Let the real you shine through.

BE CONFIDENT – show us you’ve got what it takes to succeed here. Make sure your passion and enthusiasm comes across and always remember that the interview is a two-way process, giving you a chance to assess us as much as we’ll assess you.


Assessment days

If you're successful at the first stages of the recruitment process, you'll be invited to attend an assessment day. These take place at our London office and are a key part of our selection process for both Vacation Scheme students and Trainees. The day will consist of a group exercise, a Partner interview based on a case study, an Associate interview and an informal lunch with our Trainees.

Group exercise

You'll be given a mock business scenario to read through individually before discussing as a group. The task will prompt you to work towards set objectives and we'll be assessing you based on the quality and substance of the contributions you make, in addition to how effectively you work with others in the group.


Case study interview

You'll be given 30 minutes to read through a business case study individually, before meeting with two Partners. The first part of your interview will involve discussing your observations, thoughts and opinions on the case study. Essentially, we're looking for you to demonstrate good commercial instincts, problem-solving skills and the ability to discuss a business scenario confidently and credibly. You'll be given either a legal or non-legal case study, depending on what you're studying (or have studied).


Competency based interview

You'll meet one-to-one with an Associate, who will ask you to share examples – from studies, work experience or extra-curricular activities – where you've demonstrated some of the skills and qualities which we feel are key to succeeding at Baker McKenzie. In addition to the interviews and exercises, you'll meet with our Graduate Recruitment & Development team and some of our Trainees. This will give you a chance to find out more about our culture and the opportunities we offer.


International students

If you’re an international Master of Laws (LLM) student, or you qualified overseas and wish to practise in the UK, there could be an opportunity for you at Baker McKenzie.

Bring significant experience in English law, and you could work as an Associate with us while undertaking the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). Click below to see if we have an opportunity for you.

If you have very little or no experience in English law, you’ll need to start as a Trainee Solicitor and complete the equivalent of a two-year Training Contract to get English law experience. You’ll also need to take the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

Open Days Opens October 2018
First Year Insight Scheme Opens October 2018
Spring Vacation Scheme Opens October 2018
Summer Vacation Scheme Opens October 2018
Training Contracts Opens June 2019