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Baker McKenzie

About Baker McKenzie

  • Law

Hiring summer clerks with degrees in: Law

If your dream is to be an outstanding lawyer, your journey to a world-class commercial legal career begins here. Start with Australia's first global law firm and set yourself on the path to excellence. Kick start your career with our world-class clerkship. Build your technical legal expertise through our graduate program. Become an expert in your field.

Why Baker McKenzie?

Graduates want the best foundation for their careers. We have been developing global lawyers with in-depth local expertise in Australia for more than 50 years – each started out as a law student, just like you. Baker McKenzie prides itself on building that foundation with you and investing in your future. And with its strong global nature, we have a global approach to your career development. At Baker McKenzie, we attract market-leading clients, and challenging cross-border, local, and industry-focused work. We understand our clients' businesses, industries, and strategic objectives. Armed with this knowledge, we work with our clients to overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We are The New Lawyers for the New World. Let us show you that world, first hand.  

What to expect

At Baker McKenzie, we understand that the transition from university to legal practice can be challenging. We provide our summer/seasonal clerks with a comprehensive induction program, to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Our training program is designed to help you get the most out of your clerkship and set yourself up for success. We consult with our clerks before they commence to understand the areas of practice in which they are interested in gaining experience. We structure the clerkship program according to these preferences, and clerks in our Sydney office also complete a one week client secondment.

Throughout the clerkship, our partners and associates run professional development sessions on their areas of expertise. These sessions will give you the chance to:

  • build your network within the Firm;
  • develop your legal skills;
  • learn about our practices, clients and Firm structure; and
  • hear about our global training and work opportunities. 

Most importantly, as a summer/seasonal clerk we want you to see what life is like as a graduate and junior lawyer at Baker McKenzie. Right from the start, you will get involved in real work. You will be exposed to local and cross-border work for market-leading Australian and international clients through client meetings, shadowing, research, and other everyday tasks 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 also develop practical and legal skills through our national learning and development programs

The majority of our graduate positions are offered to former summer/seasonal clerks. We also offer our former clerks the opportunity to undertake paralegal roles with the Firm. Should you accept a graduate position with us, you will also be eligible to apply for our unique international clerkship program and have the opportunity to work for four weeks in one of our overseas offices.

What we expect

Baker McKenzie looks for people who genuinely want to work with us and who understand Baker McKenzie's unique offering, values and position in the market. 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 take responsibility and use their initiative; who act with integrity and honesty in all of their dealings, decisions and actions; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; who strive to provide excellent service to their clients; who seek a friendly, diverse, and inclusive culture; and who take seriously our role in making a difference to our local and global communities.

Our key practice groups

  • Banking & Finance;
  • Corporate (including Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets);
  • Commercial Real Estate;
  • Construction;
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation;
  • Employment & Industrial Relations;
  • Energy, Resources, Infrastructure & Corporate;
  • Environmental Markets;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • Media;
  • Tax; and
  • Technology, Communications & Commercial.

Application process

To be eligible for a 2021/2022 summer/seasonal 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 2021 - February 2022 (for the Sydney clerkship) or from November 2021 - December 2021, throughout the month of February 2022, or from June 2022 - July 2022 (for the Melbourne clerkship). 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 summer/seasonal clerkship programs are primarily aimed at students in the penultimate year of their law degree. However, final year applicants may also be considered.

Sydney Applications

In Sydney, summer clerkships commence at the end of November and conclude in early February. Each clerk will undertake two rotations. All applications should be addressed to Angelique Holden, Talent Management Consultant, and should include a cover letter, as well as details of your work experience, extra-curricular activities, interests, and academic results. We do not require you to upload your CV, as the information from your CV is used to respond to the areas above. We also ask you to complete 2 - 3 questions, particularly as our Firm does not use psychometric or other testing, group or individual assessments, or one-way video interviews as part of our overall assessment process.

Candidates will attend two interviews and will also be invited to an information and networking cocktail evening, which will be attended by partners and associates.

For more information on our Sydney summer clerkship program, please contact Angelique Holden, Talent Management Consultant, at angelique.holden@bakermckenzie.com.

Melbourne Applications

In Melbourne, we run three seasonal clerkships, each with a duration of four weeks. The first runs from late November to December, the second runs throughout the month of February and the final clerkship runs from late June to late July. All applications should be addressed to Natalie Mascarenhas, Talent Management Consultant, and should include a cover letter, as well as details of your work experience, extra-curricular activities, interests, and academic results. We do not require you to upload your CV, as the information from your CV is used to respond to the areas above. We also ask you to complete 2 - 3 questions, particularly as our Firm does not use psychometric or other testing, group or individual assessments, or one-way video interviews as part of our overall assessment process.

Candidates will attend one interview and will also be invited to an information and networking cocktail evening, which will be attended by partners and associates so that you can meet as many people from our Firm as possible.

For more information on our Melbourne seasonal clerkship program, please contact Natalie Mascarenhas, Talent Management Consultant, at natalie.mascarenhas@bakermckenzie.com.

Diversity & Inclusion

Baker McKenzie is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all its employees, with equal opportunity for all to progress and have a meaningful career with our Firm. Our mission is to foster an environment where individuals of every ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, disability, carer status, and working style may succeed professionally and fully contribute to the goals of the Firm. As part of our inclusive culture, we encourage applications from all genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. We provide information and support relating to the recruitment process for transgender and gender diverse candidates.

As the first truly global law firm, we understand that organisations work best when people with different backgrounds and multiple points of view are brought together. Diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. Since our beginning, the diversity of our people has allowed us to work fluently across borders, cultures, and practices. Our own diversity mirrors our commitment to exploring multiple perspectives to develop the best possible solutions for our clients and to fostering a culture of respect and inclusion that celebrates diversity.

Our award-winning diversity strategy, initiatives and programs are focused in six key 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;
  • BakerBalance – supporting carers and parents, and workplace flexibility; and
  • BakerWellbeing – mental health and wellbeing;
  • BakerPride – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex diversity; and
  • BakerIndigenousEngagement – commitment to engagement with our Indigenous community - achieving better social, economic and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to making a real difference in the lives of our nation's First Peoples.

Our bAgile program encourages a range of flexible work opportunities for all. We invite you to let us know of any reasonable adjustments you require to equitably participate in the recruitment process or in performing the requirements of a role at Baker McKenzie.

Pro Bono & Corporate Social Responsibility

Pro Bono and Community Services initiatives are an integral part of Baker McKenzie's mission. Our Pro Bono, Community Services and Corporate Social Responsibility programs aim to inspire staff to make a difference and collaborate with clients who share the same commitment to social justice. We believe that the provision of pro bono legal services is a fundamental professional responsibility.

In FY20, we recorded 13,115.6 hours of pro bono work, smashing the National Pro Bono target of 35 hours per lawyer and exceeding our aspirational target of 50 hours per lawyer per year.          

  • Pro bono legal services – Baker McKenzie is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target of at least 35 hours of pro bono legal work per lawyer per year. 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. Some of our work includes assisting victims of domestic violence seek compensation; representing asylum seekers seeking judicial review of decisions relating to their refugee status and statement-taking in support of protection visas; helping elderly and ill clients and young people exiting the child protection system with their legal affairs; assisting with submissions and advocacy papers to support law and policy reform; presenting legal workshops to vulnerable and at risk youth. Our pro bono work extends globally, including the Asia Pacific region.
  • Community Services and CSR – We offer all our people the opportunity to participate in a variety of community service initiatives.  Our community service programs include the LEAPS literacy and mentoring program in Sydney, FareShare corporate volunteering sessions in Brisbane, and Eat Up volunteering sessions in Melbourne. Baker McKenzie also supports three charity partners: Tuberous Sclerosis Australia, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, and LeaderLife. All staff members are encouraged to participate in volunteering and fundraising activities to support these causes. Staff members have the opportunity to donate to charities of their choice via the Firm's workplace giving platform.
  • Reconciliation Action Plan – In November 2020 Baker McKenzie completed our first Reconciliation Action Plan and we are planning to launch our Innovate RAP in mid-2021. We are committing to a range of initiatives including providing employment opportunities to First Nations people; increasing our procurement of products and services from First Nations businesses; supporting First Nations peoples through pro bono legal work and volunteering opportunities; and ensuring that the Firm acknowledges the historic challenges faced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community whilst also sharing in celebrations of culture.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
I enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons and learnt how important it was to have a diverse range of experiences

Phoebe Chorin

  • Graduate stories
I enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons and learnt how important it was to have a diverse range of experiences

Phoebe Chorin

  • Graduate stories
The true sense of friendship and community within the Melbourne office was one of the key reasons that I was drawn to Baker McKenzie after having completed a seasonal clerkship

Sean Paulding

  • Graduate stories
The true sense of friendship and community within the Melbourne office was one of the key reasons that I was drawn to Baker McKenzie after having completed a seasonal clerkship

Sean Paulding

  • Graduate stories
I enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons and learnt how important it was to have a diverse range of experiences

Phoebe Chorin

  • Graduate stories
I enjoyed all of my rotations for different reasons and learnt how important it was to have a diverse range of experiences

Phoebe Chorin

  • Graduate stories
The true sense of friendship and community within the Melbourne office was one of the key reasons that I was drawn to Baker McKenzie after having completed a seasonal clerkship

Sean Paulding

  • Graduate stories
The true sense of friendship and community within the Melbourne office was one of the key reasons that I was drawn to Baker McKenzie after having completed a seasonal clerkship

Sean Paulding


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Harrison Chen

Harrison Chen studied a Bachelor of Laws/Commerce at the University of New South Wales and is now a Junior Associate at Baker McKenzie.
  • Day in the life

Harrison Chen

Harrison Chen studied a Bachelor of Laws/Commerce at the University of New South Wales and is now a Junior Associate at Baker McKenzie.
  • Day in the life

Anita Xie

Anita Xie studied a Bachelor of Laws/International Studies at the University of New South Wales and is now a Graduate at Baker McKenzie.
  • Day in the life

Anita Xie

Anita Xie studied a Bachelor of Laws/International Studies at the University of New South Wales and is now a Graduate at Baker McKenzie.
  • Day in the life

Harrison Chen

Harrison Chen studied a Bachelor of Laws/Commerce at the University of New South Wales and is now a Junior Associate at Baker McKenzie.
  • Day in the life

Harrison Chen

Harrison Chen studied a Bachelor of Laws/Commerce at the University of New South Wales and is now a Junior Associate at Baker McKenzie.
  • Day in the life

Anita Xie

Anita Xie studied a Bachelor of Laws/International Studies at the University of New South Wales and is now a Graduate at Baker McKenzie.
  • Day in the life

Anita Xie

Anita Xie studied a Bachelor of Laws/International Studies at the University of New South Wales and is now a Graduate at Baker McKenzie.

Videos


The New Lawyers: Our Story

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy through a new type of thinking and a different mindset.

Baker McKenzie: Our Approach to D&I

Baker McKenzie has striven to be diverse and inclusive since the beginning.

The New Lawyers: Our Story

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy through a new type of thinking and a different mindset.

Baker McKenzie: Our Approach to D&I

Baker McKenzie has striven to be diverse and inclusive since the beginning.