Becoming a
Commercial Lawyer

Welcome to Baker McKenzie’s guide to starting a career in commercial law. Here is where you’ll find helpful information and tips on finding work placements and securing a Training Contract, so you can make an educated choice about your future.

Whether you’ve just completed your GCSEs or you’re studying for your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), this handy tool will give you guidance on what you need to consider at each stage of your academic career.

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Career paths

There are many ways you can become a world-class Commercial Lawyer. This illustration shows the most common routes law and non-law graduates take.


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. 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.

In 2018, we retained 91% of our Trainees on qualification.