Name of Firm Contact
Talent Management Consultant – Graduate Recruitment & Diversity
HR Contact Number
+61 2 8922 5596
HR Contact Email
Level 27, AMP Centre
50 Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bahrain, Baku, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kyiv, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Riyadh, Rome, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Yangon, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Toronto, Washington DC, Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guadalajara, Juarez, Lima, Mexico City, Monterrey, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paolo, Tijuana, and Valencia.
Areas of Legal Practice
Commercial Real Estate
Energy, Resources, Infrastructure & Corporate
Financial Services and Structured Transactions
Hotels, Resorts and Tourism
Mergers and Acquisitions
Technology and Communications
Number of Lawyers (Australia and Global)
7002 Globally, 187 Nationally (excluding Partners)
Number of Partners (Australia and Global)
1577 Globally, 82 Nationally
What do we look for in our Clerks?
At Baker McKenzie, we look for well-rounded, motivated individuals – who share our global perspective; who are intellectually curious and have sound academics; who display business acumen and are practical in their approach; who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who like taking responsibility and getting things done; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; who strive to provide excellent service to their clients; and who seek a friendly and inclusive culture that encourages making a difference to our local and global communities.
We also pride ourselves on having a diverse range of people – each of whom has something unique to offer – so there is no specific “type” of person we look for.
Finally, and most importantly, we look for people who genuinely want to work with us and who understand Baker McKenzie’s unique offering and unique position in the market.
To be eligible for a 2017/2018 Summer Clerkship position with Baker McKenzie, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or have the right to work in a full-time role in Australia from November 2017 – February 2018. You must also be enrolled in a law degree or equivalent which will qualify you for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.
At Baker McKenzie, our Clerkship Program is primarily aimed at students in the penultimate year of their law degree, however, students in their final year may also be considered. Graduate offers will be made after the Clerkship to those who meet our performance criteria, for commencement in 2019 and 2020 only.
Applications will open at 9.00am on Thursday, 15 June 2017 and close at 11.59pm on Sunday, 16 July 2017. Offers for the Summer Clerkship Program will be made from 9.00am on Wednesday, 4 October 2017 and must be accepted or declined by 5.00pm on Friday, 6 October 2017.
Candidates will attend two interviews and will also be invited to an information and cocktail evening, which will be attended by partners and associates so that you can meet as many people from our firm as possible.
What to expect
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.
- ABOUT 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 was conceived and built as a global law firm, so thinking and working globally is embedded in our culture – and we understand the challenges of the global economy. We were formed in 1949 when an entrepreneurial Chicago attorney, Russell Baker, met the litigator, John McKenzie. McKenzie shared Baker’s vision of creating the world’s first multicultural, global law firm and our first office outside the USA was opened in Caracas in 1955.
We are one of the world’s largest law firms by markets, revenue and headcount and now have a network of 77 offices in 47 countries around the world. Our most recent offices to be opened were Johannesburg, Casablanca and Lima in 2012, Seoul and Dubai in 2013 and Brisbane, Yangon and Jeddah in 2014.
We opened our first office in Asia Pacific in Manila in 1963, and have grown to 17 full-service offices across 13 jurisdictions. With more than 1,000 locally qualified lawyers across the region, and 77 offices globally, Baker McKenzie is the firm with the greatest depth and breadth of coverage across the dynamic Asia Pacific markets.
We have been a global law firm in Australia since 1964 and our Australian practice is now the fourth largest in our network with more than 85 Partners and over 190 lawyers across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Baker McKenzie Australia offers our people access to complex, market-leading matters for leading multinational and domestic companies and the ability to work with some of the world’s best legal minds – people who know the law and who understand business. We have an unrivalled ability to provide training and secondment opportunities across our global network. Locally, we have an inclusive culture of learning, coaching and opportunity where you will work in small teams on matters that often cross borders. We value people who think ahead and get noticed.
- GRADUATE PROGRAM
[Disclaimer: Subject to business and resourcing needs, we prefer to offer graduate roles to our former summer clerks. However, from time to time opportunities arise for us to hire graduates laterally].
At Baker McKenzie, we have an instinctively global outlook and a deep understanding of our Australian and international clients’ businesses. We look for people who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who share our global perspective; who want to understand and provide excellent service to our clients; 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 encourages making a difference to our local and global communities.
We have lots to offer in return.
A solid transition from law school to law firm. When you join Baker McKenzie as a graduate, we know you want to be working with clients on real work right from the start, so we support you to hone your skills and develop your experience as quickly as possible. We pair each graduate with a supervising partner and an associate “buddy” in each rotation to maximise on-the-job and formal learning. We also bring graduates from our Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices together to help our people foster networks across the Firm.
A deep commitment to your development. We work with each graduate to create a tailored development plan targeting five areas — legal knowledge and expertise, planning your career, business development & client service, people & self-management and the business of law. To help you reach your goals, we offer targeted learning opportunities — from seminars on core legal topics to practical skills development in areas such as drafting and presenting. Our regional practice group structure means many of our lawyers attend regional training in our Asia Pacific offices and, once you finish your Graduate Program, you will travel overseas to attend a regional orientation program with other mid-level associates from the region. We work hard to facilitate your on-the-job learning and the many ways it happens — through informal mentoring relationships, client secondments, involving you in global teams working on international deals or supporting you to run your own files for our award-winning Pro Bono Program. We support your professional development by covering the costs of your Practical Legal Training, admission and practising certificate.
Working and thinking globally. Being global is in our DNA. You will begin to build your global professional networks straight away through exposure to international clients and colleagues. To support our global approach to development, we offer formal overseas secondment programs for lawyers at all levels. The Firm also 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 and globally.
The Sydney Graduate Program
Our graduates complete three 6-month practice group rotations over 18 months before joining a practice group as a junior associate. To make sure you get the strongest possible career head start, we invest in your development through our targeted graduate professional development offerings.
- INTERNATIONAL CLERKSHIPS
Baker McKenzie awards International Clerkships to our former Summer Clerks interested in expanding their careers in the law. Recipients typically work with lawyers in an overseas office over a 4 week period.
The program offers you the chance to compare legal practice in a different legal jurisdiction, become familiar with an office and legal culture different from your own and to see how our international practice works from the inside.
Some recent international clerkship destinations include London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and Shanghai. Please click here to hear more about the International Clerkship experience offered by Baker McKenzie.
All former Summer Clerks who accept a Graduate offer with us are eligible to apply for an International Clerkship. The application process involves putting together a short business case by answering four key questions as to why you would like to be selected for an International Clerkship.
The appropriate Talent Management Consultant will support the successful International Clerkship recipients in working out the suitable timing of the Clerkship depending on the Clerk’s availability and what works for the host office. The International Clerkship will take place before the Clerk commences on the Graduate Program.
- PRO BONO & COMMUNITY SERVICES
Our lawyers are actively encouraged to undertake pro bono work. We believe that the provision of pro bono legal services is a fundamental professional responsibility. As lawyers, we have a particular skills set and the best way to assist those in need is to utilise those skills.
We are a signatory to the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target of at least 35 hours of pro bono legal work per lawyer per year. In FY16 we contributed almost 7,600 pro bono hours to more than 160 individual members of our community, charities and other not-for-profit organisations. All of our lawyers are expected to work on pro bono matters and the Firm has a separate pro bono practice group comprised of 3 lawyers and a coordinator.
Our lawyers regularly undertake a wide range of pro bono legal work for disadvantaged clients in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as not-for-profit organisations. Our lawyers assist victims of domestic violence seek compensation; represent asylum seekers in court seeking judicial review of decisions relating to their refugee status; assist asylum seekers prepare their statements in support of protection visas; help the elderly, seriously ill clients and young people exiting the child protection system with their legal affairs; work with various organisations to prepare submissions and advocacy papers to support law and policy reform; present legal workshops to vulnerable and at risk youth; and much more.
Our pro bono work extends globally, including the Asia Pacific region.
All our staff have opportunities to participate in a variety of community service initiatives. Our community service programs include the LEAPS literacy and mentoring program in Sydney, and the MacChat program run by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne where our staff volunteers visit patients in an evening.
Our staff also have the opportunity to join their office’s Community Service Committee which is responsible for organising awareness and fundraising for each office’s nominated charities throughout the year. In FY17 our partners and staff are supporting organisations which include the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), Mary’s House, Youth Projects and the Deafness Foundation.
- 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 a 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.
Award Winning Diversity Strategy
Diversity is central to our success. We are at home anywhere in the world and we rely on our people to navigate cultures, borders and practices with ease. What sets Baker McKenzie apart is our ability to leverage different languages, cultures, generations and perspectives we have to create a truly international law firm that places a real focus on diversity and inclusion.
Cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace is top of our agenda – we have been named as one of The Most Innovative Lawyers in Diversity by the Financial Times in 2016, and we know that fostering a culture of respect and inclusion creates a dynamic and happy workforce. To ensure we maintain a focused agenda, we have a Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee comprised of members from all four of our world regions that is chaired by a member of our Executive Committee.
To achieve our Firm’s goal to become the premier global law firm, we need to have the right mix of people around the tale to serve our clients. The ‘right mix of people’ means a diversity of employees who mirror the diversity of our clients; who can respond to our clients’ needs with excellence, energy and creativity; and who bring a diversity of thought experience and approach.
Our award-winning diversity strategy, initiatives and programs are focussed in four areas, in which all our people can participate
- BakerWomen – Gender diversity, including the implementation of our gender diversity strategy to support the progression of women as a strategic priority for the Firm.
- BakerDNA – Ethnic, indigenous and cultural diversity within an inclusive culture
- BakerBalance – Supporting carers and parents, employee wellbeing and workplace flexibility and flexible working practices.
- BakerLGBTI – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex diversity.
- BAKER MCKENZIE CAREER JOURNEYS