Our Vacation Schemes give students who are interested in a career as a commercial solicitor a realistic taste of what it’s like working for a global law firm. We think that it’s really important that your experience with us mirrors the reality of the role of a Trainee Solicitor and life at the firm. So we’ll involve you in live transactions, deals and cases and, where possible, we’ll encourage you to attend internal, departmental and client meetings as well as court hearings.
The opportunity to socialise with Trainee Solicitors and others on the Vacation Scheme is important to us so we will host a number of events for you to attend. Recent socials have included rounders in the park, ping pong, pizza making, mini golf and afternoon tea on the Thames.
The Spring Vacation Scheme is two weeks long and is aimed at Final Year students and graduates with a law or non-law degree.
We’ll give you experience in two different seats, and because transactional work is at the heart of what we do, we’ll encourage you to spend one of those seats in a Corporate or Banking team. We won’t expect you to know everything, so we’ll provide training sessions to help familiarise you with some of our typical transactions, and to help you develop a range of key skills that you’ll need as a Trainee Solicitor. You’ll also take part in a client pitch exercise which is a great opportunity to work closely with other people on the Vacation Scheme.
If you think we’re the right fit for you, we’d love you to come and meet us at one of the campus events we attend over the year.
“On the Vacation Scheme, you spend a week and a half in two separate departments. There are various networking events with current Trainee Solicitors and you do more intense networking with Partners and Associates. You learn all about the culture of the firm and what’s expected of you.”
“Prior to starting my training contract, I was fortunate enough to visit the Firm’s Johannesburg office. Not only was this an incredible learning experience, but it also made me appreciate just how connected all the Baker McKenzie offices are.”
“I went to a couple of their open days, and it was really the people that made me attracted to the firm, they were so friendly, I could be myself here and I just felt like it was definitely the culture for me”.