Training Contracts

Applicant Information:

Closing Application Date - Final year students and graduates:
Saturday 31 December 2016

Closing Application Date - Penultimate year students:
Monday 31 July 2017

Programme length:
Two years

Baker McKenzie London


  • 2:1 At least a 2:1 degree
  • 340 A minimum of 340 UCAS points (or equivalent)
  • Fast Track LPC
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Assessing you in context

We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background. We look for 340 UCAS points (or equivalent) but as we use a contextualised recruitment system we have the ability to understand your achievements in the context in which they have been gained. This allows us to, where appropriate, apply some flexibility and consider candidates who fall slightly short of our criteria and who demonstrate potential.

Programme overview

Each year, we recruit 30 Trainees. We take the best and brightest talent and turn them into the well-rounded commercial lawyers that make our Firm stand out from the crowd. We do this by giving you the very best technical and skills training, delivered by our own lawyers, often Partners, so you’ll benefit from the latest advice and experience in a Baker McKenzie context.

Fast Track LPC

Before you start your Training Contract, you’ll need to complete the Fast Track LPC at the BPP University in Holborn, London. This seven-month course is specifically tailored to meet the needs of Baker McKenzie. We offer two intakes: one in July; the other in January.

Throughout the LPC you’ll take part in practice group overviews and practical workshops with our lawyers to increase your understanding of our practices and develop your commercial awareness and client relationship skills. You will study the city electives – which are aligned with the Firm’s global, corporate focus – alongside your Trainee intake. This is a great way to get to know your peers before you start. You'll also have the option to convert your LPC to an LLM.

We cover full course fees for the Fast Track LPC, in addition to SRA student enrolment and a maintenance grant to help with your living costs.

All non-law graduates will need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at any of The BPP University schools across the country before commencing the Fast Track LPC. We cover full course fees for the GDL, in addition to providing a maintenance grant to help you meet living costs.


The detail

Your Training Contract will start with a two-week induction programme to equip you with the skills you’ll need to start making an immediate contribution.


You can expect department-specific training and, throughout your Training Contract, you’ll be able to call on the personal and professional support of our Graduate Recruitment & Development team.


Seat rotations

During your two-year Training Contract, you’ll spend six months in four key practice areas, referred to as ‘seats’. In each seat you’ll have a supervisor who acts as your work provider and mentor, and a Trainee Partner who is responsible for overseeing your progress.

Our seat rotation policy ensures you experience at least three distinct areas of law, including Contentious Law. A number of departments offer contentious experience, including Dispute Resolution, Employment, Intellectual Property and EU, Competition & Trade.

Corporate work is at the heart of the Firm and all Trainees are required to complete six months in a transactional seat during their Training Contract. The Graduate Recruitment & Development team will discuss your interest in particular departments, which is considered in-line with business needs.

Midway through each seat, you’ll have an informal review to discuss your progress and development. At the end of each seat, there’ll be a more formal evaluation with a Trainee Partner who will provide feedback on your progress and experience.


All Trainees have the opportunity to apply for a three-month secondment to one of our international offices. Recent locations include Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels, Sydney, Madrid, New York and Washington D.C. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis and in-line with the needs of the business and SRA regulations.

Depending on client needs, we’re also able to offer Trainee secondments to in-house legal teams with a variety of our clients. This will give you the chance to deepen your knowledge and skills, and gain a better understanding of their perspective.


During your final seat, the Graduate Recruitment & Development team will facilitate and guide you through the qualification process. A briefing session held at the beginning of your final seat outlines the process and provides an opportunity to ask questions. This is followed by a one-to-one meeting with the Training Principal, who will discuss your preferences with you and provide individual guidance.

Who can apply?

We accept applications from law or non-law students in their penultimate year or final year, recent graduates or career changers.

When should I apply?

The closing date for Training Contract applications is:

  • Saturday 31 December 2016 for all final year students and graduates 
  • Monday 31 July 2017 for penultimate year students.

Need to know

We believe in looking after our people. With this in mind, we offer a competitive Trainee starting salary of £45,000, paying in the upper quartile of City law firms.

We look for people who have achieved a consistently high level of performance throughout their studies. We don’t want identikit Trainees; after all, we thrive on diversity in every sense of the word. However, we place a high premium on those with an international mind-set, sound leadership skills, intellect and initiative. Creativity and commercial acumen are important too, together with a commitment to excellence and the desire to learn, influence and make an impact.

Learn more about what it’s like to work for us from the people who already do.