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.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

5K - 6K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

43 total (31 2Ls; 12 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $215,000

Vault Verdict

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...

About the Firm

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.

Parlez-Vous "International"?

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...

Associate Reviews

  • “The professionals and staff at Baker McKenzie are very friendly, welcoming, brilliant, and helpful.”
  • “Baker's ‘culture of friendship’ rings true—the people here are incredibly friendly and a pleasure to work with. The firm is socially responsible, truly values diversity and inclusion, and cares about the well-being of its associates.”
  • “The firm culture is fantastic. Most people are legitimately good people and there are strong social connections among the teams.”

Diversity at Baker McKenzie

"Baker McKenzie is comprised of talented and diverse professionals who are connected by a deep intellectual curiosity, collaborative approach and a steadfast focus on client service. Our broad and extensive experiences and global vision help clients to lead, differentiate and adapt in a constantly changing world. We view our people as our greatest asset and strive to foster an inclusive culture that recognizes and gives voice to diverse individuals and perspectives, with the opportunity to grow, be engaged, feel valued, and fully..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “Very competitive and candidates are usually required to have stellar credentials (high grades, extracurriculars, etc.). I cannot speak to laterals, since I joined my firm straight from law school.”
  • “The firm is looking for friendly professionals who aren't afraid to be pushed outside their comfort zone. The firm does not hire a lot of associates given its size, and the work you will be working on is substantive. The firm likes people who are looking to stay and develop….”

Perks & Benefits