Training Contracts

Lasting two years, Training Contracts here at Baker McKenzie give you the opportunity to experience four of our key practice areas for six months each (known as seats). Our seat rotation policy ensures you experience different areas of law, including contentious law. Corporate work is at the heart of our firm, so all Trainees are required to complete six months in a transactional seat.

All Training Contracts start with a two-week induction programme. We’re strong believers in exposing Trainees to live work right from the start. So after your induction, you should have everything you need to start making a positive contribution to the firm. Throughout your Training Contract, you’ll be able to call on the personal and professional support of both our Graduate Recruitment & Development and Learning & Development teams.

See how Isabelle is finding training at Baker McKenzie

“I think the most exciting thing for me so far is the responsibility that I’ve been given when only being at the firm for two months and being sent by myself to other offices to represent our firm.”

Isabelle Forrest


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What you'll do

During each seat, you’ll get department-specific training and be assigned a supervisor who’ll mentor you and provide you with your daily workload which, while it will vary from department to department, will almost certainly entail:

  • Researching for client pitches or projects
  • Liaising directly with clients
  • Writing articles and blog posts
  • Sitting-in on client meetings
  • Preparing agreements, deeds, contracts and other legal documents

Every department has a Trainee Partner who will be responsible for overseeing your progress and ensuring you continuously develop appropriate skills and experience.

Midway through each seat, there’ll be an informal review of your progress and development. At the end of each seat, a more formal evaluation will see a Trainee Partner feedback on your progress. As you grow in experience, you’ll take on more and more responsibility.


All Trainees have the opportunity to apply for a three-month secondment to one of our international offices, or to one of our clients’ in-house legal teams for six months.

At the start of your final seat, there will be a briefing session with the Graduate Recruitment & Development team which will outline the qualification process. It’s followed by a one-to-one meeting with the Training Principal who will discuss your preferences and provide guidance. Our current Newly Qualified starting salary is £90,000 + £5,000 sign on bonus.

If you think we’re the right fit for you, come and meet us at one of the many campus events we attend over the year.