As one of the world’s largest law firms, with 69 international offices and over 6,000 lawyers, Baker McKenzie is known for its cross-border work. The firm often recruits candidates with global experience—or at least a genuine interest in international matters. The firm’s social environment makes it a good fit for those who value teamwork and camaraderie.
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Baker McKenzie is at the pinnacle of the legal world in terms of size, number of offices worldwide, and revenue per partner. The hiring process is competitive and candidates must have impressive credentials. The firm also looks for international experience or interest, fluency in another language, and/or a go-getter mentality. Baker McKenzie’s “culture of friendship” means a welcoming, professional work environment with people who enjoy socializing with one another. Partners work closely with associates, readily provide feedback, and want associates to assume responsibility early. Mandatory and optional training sessions are abundant, and mentors are good about helping associates develop their skills. New attorneys are given autonomy to work on complex and interesting projects tha...
Baker McKenzie takes “global” to another level with dozens of offices spanning every continent. The firm’s geographic and practice-area diversification has enabled it to ride out financial storms while outrunning a legion of BigLaw competitors. The firm counsels more than half of the world’s largest public companies in a range of practices.
It all started in 1948, when Russell Baker and John McKenzie shared a cab and discussed the idea of an international law firm. By 1949, the two had launched Baker & McKenzie, with Baker focused on building the international practice while McKenzie handled the litigation work. The rest is history.
These days, any firm with a few outposts outside its home city or a number of foreig...