Our application process

This is a chance for you to show us what you could bring to Baker McKenzie, and for us to show you that this is a firm where talent likes yours can shine.

Here's what to expect

The process itself is quite straightforward. But let’s go through it, step by step.

Assessment days

Pass the first stages of our recruitment process for either a Vacation Scheme or a Training Contract and you’ll be invited to an assessment day at our London office. Here’s what that will involve.

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.

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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. All of our applicants complete the same case study, regardless of if you are a law student or non-law student.

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 Trainee Solicitors. This will give you a chance to find out more about our culture and the opportunities we offer.

Document checking exercise

Accuracy and thoroughness are key skills that we look for in all our Trainee Solicitors. Lasting for 30 minutes, this exercise involves checking through a document to identify any errors. You won’t need any legal knowledge, just a very good eye for detail.

Applicants with disabilities

If you consider yourself to have a disability or a health condition, any information you share with us will be treated in the strictest confidence. Our aim is to provide you with as much help, support and reassurance as possible.


If your disability or health condition makes it difficult to apply for any of our vacancies via our website, please contact the Graduate Recruitment & Development team on 0044 20 7919 1000 or email london.graduaterecruit@bakermckenzie.com

Hints and tips

We want to see you at your best, so here are some useful hints and tips to help you at each stage of your application.

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Jargon buster

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