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Baker & McKenzie

At Baker & McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global.

Baker & McKenzie has been thinking globally in Australia for over 50 years. In 2014, we opened our Brisbane office making our Australian practice the fourth largest in our network of 77 offices with more than 85 Partners and 170 lawyers across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In Australia, we act for leading multinational and domestic companies on market leading local and global transactions.

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie is one of the world’s largest law firms by markets, revenue and headcount. We offer clients and talent the uncompromising commitment to excellence expected of a leading firm and a distinctive way of thinking, working and behaving as a passionately global and genuinely collaborative firm.

We understand the challenges of the global economy because we have been a global law firm from the start.

Our Clerkship Program

Right from the start, our clerks get involved in real work. You will be exposed to our Australian and international clients through client meetings, shadowing, research and other everyday activities within your assigned practice group.

Our clerks work closely with other lawyers, are guided by a Supervising Partner and enjoy the extra support of an experienced Associate “Buddy”. You will develop practical and legal skills through our national learning program and by attending workshops specifically designed for clerks, as well as Firm-wide sessions.

In Sydney, the Summer Clerkship Program runs from late November to February each year with clerks completing two rotations. Clerks who accept a graduate role with Baker & McKenzie are eligible to apply for an International Clerkship, with the opportunity to work in one of our overseas offices in the year following their clerkship.

 

Our Graduate Program

Over the course of the program, graduates gain experience in different areas of law before they join a particular practice group as an Associate. You will be assigned a Supervising Partner and an Associate “Buddy” in each rotation to oversee your on-the-job and formal learning.

 

Develop globally

At Baker & McKenzie, we have a deep commitment to development. We work with each graduate to create a tailored development plan and career goals. To help you reach your goals, we provide targeted learning

opportunities — from seminars on core legal topics to practical skills development in areas such as communication, drafting and presenting.

We work hard to facilitate on-the-job learning and the many ways it happens — through informal mentoring relationships, client secondments, involving graduates in global teams working on international deals or supporting them to run their own files for our award-winning Pro Bono Program.

We also bring graduates from our Sydney and Melbourne offices together to help our people foster networks across the Firm, and support professional development by covering the costs of Practical Legal Training.

Our regional practice group structure means many of our lawyers attend regional training in our Asia Pacific offices and, once graduates complete their Graduate Program, they will travel overseas to attend a regional orientation program with other mid-level Associates from the region.

In addition, the Firm offers opportunities for lawyers at varying stages of their career to work directly for clients or with our other offices in the Asia Pacific region.

What does the Firm look for?

We look for people who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who share our global perspective; who have sound academics and are practical in their approach; who like taking responsibility and getting things done; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; and who seek a friendly and inclusive culture that strives to make a difference to our local and global communities.

Thrive in a culture of inclusion

Quality and excellence along with team work, integrity and responsiveness are central in delivering outstanding service to our clients, as you would expect in a top tier law firm.

The values that make us a unique and great place to work are deeply embedded and you will notice our difference in all of your interactions with us, in Australia and across the globe.

  • We are passionately global, and leverage our global expertise for our Australian and global clients at every opportunity, recognising our strength is in our diversity.
  • We have a strong culture of friendship and inclusion, and an egalitarian and collaborative working style.
  • We are commercial pragmatists who make complex issues simple for our clients and we focus on our clients’ business needs.
  • We strive to stay ahead of the curve and encourage entrepreneurship.
  • We actively encourage and support contribution to the community, through our pro bono and community service programs.

Our award-winning diversity strategy, initiatives and programs are focussed in four areas, in which all our people can participate:

  • BakerWomen – Gender equality and supporting the progression of women
  • BakerDNA – Ethnic, indigenous and cultural diversity
  • BakerBalance – Supporting carers and parents, employee wellbeing and workplace flexibility
  • BakerLGBTI – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex diversity

Our key areas of practice include:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy, Resources and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Markets
  • Financial Services & Structured Transactions
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Tax
  • Technology, & Communications