Becoming a Commercial lawyer

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Career path

There are many routes to becoming a world-class commercial lawyer with Baker McKenzie. Here’s an illustration to show the most common routes for law and non-law graduates.

“You don't need to have a law degree to work here. You can use work experience from other areas of your life to demonstrate your skill.”

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Day-to-day work

We believe in involving our Trainees in ‘live’ work from the very start, so after a couple of weeks of training you should find yourself equipped with everything you need to start making an immediate contribution. In each seat you’ll have a supervisor who acts as your work provider and mentor, and a Trainee Partner who will be responsible for overseeing your progress.

Your day-to-day workload will vary with each department, but generally, you can expect to:

  • Conduct research for client pitches or projects
  • Liaise directly with clients
  • Write blog posts and articles
  • Sit-in on client meetings
  • Prepare agreements, deeds, contracts and other legal documents

Life after training

We invest heavily in our Trainees and our aim is to maximise retention of the best talent in-line with the needs of our business.

  • 90+% In 2016, we offered over 90% of our Trainees positions on qualification.