Baker & McKenzie.
Baker & McKenzie.
|Main office||300 East Randolph Street, Suite 5000 | Chicago | IL | 60601|
|Year of establishment||1949|
|Number of offices||70|
|Number of attorneys||3555|
|Number of associates||1984|
|Number of partners||1277|
|Partner: associate ratio||0.60|
|Percent women attorneys||38.80|
|Percent minority attorneys||15.30|
|Percent gay attorneys||1.10|
Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st . We bring to matters the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 4,200 locally admitted lawyers in 77 offices worldwide. We have a distinctive global way of thinking, working and behaving – "fluency" – across borders, issues and practices. We understand the challenges of the global economy because we have been at the forefront of its evolution. Since 1949, we have advised leading corporations on the issues of today’s integrated world market. We have cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service tailored to the preferences of world-class clients worldwide. Ours is a passionately collaborative community of 60 nationalities. We have the deep roots and knowledge of the language and culture of business required to address the nuances of local markets worldwide. And our culture of friendship and broad scope of practice enable us to navigate complexity across issues, practices and borders with ease.
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
For a firm recognized as one of the world's largest law firms, and one that has continued to add an office per year, awards are many. A few notable awards include:
Being named as one of the top 25 corporate law firms in America by the Corporate Board Member magazine.
Being recognized as "European Law Firm of the Year" at the Chambers Europe Awards 2012.
Being named the "Top Law Firm for Diversity" by MultiCultural Law Magazine for the 8th consecutive year.
Topping the National Law Journal's NLJ250 rankings, an annual list of the largest US law firms by number of lawyers for 2011.
Being ranked #1 by gross revenue in 2011 Am Law 100 list
Being named the world's strongest law firm brand in the sharplegal
While a degree from a top law school with high grades helps, Baker & McKenzie is known to base its hiring decision more on the personality of the candidate and how closely his/her mindset fits the requirements of the firm. On-campus interviews are the choice for the law firm to hire new associates.
Offers are based on interest and requirements in specific practice areas like trade, litigation, immigration etcetera, but the firm always has prime focus on international mindset and experiences and expertise in more than one area of law practice. Students of international law or those with experience of internships in foreign countries have better chances.
Amicable personalities are preferred more than those with overtly aggressive personalities. The team-player mentality is more sought after in new associates than that of the individual hero.
The high focus on maintaining diversity is essential to the existence of Baker & McKenzie's success since true internationalization across 43 countries brings along cultural conflicts and the need to successfully manage diversity in the workplace.
The consistent efforts of the company over diversity are easily reflected in its revenue, of course, but it is also recognized by the industry. It has been named for the 8th consecutive times as "Top Law Firm for Diversity" by MultiCultural Law Magazine. In 2009, Baker & McKenzie won the Starbucks Excellence in Diversity Award.
Baker & McKenzie was also recognized by the Working Mother magazine in 2008 as one of the Best Law Firms for Women. The firm is a member of Diversity Champions since 2005, and in 2009 it joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Summer associate program
The summer associate program of Baker & McKenzie is intended to introduce potential hires to real life experience at the firm, orientation, and primary screening. As the law firm declares clearly on its website: "The Summer Program is designed to introduce law students who have completed their second year of law school to the practice of law and to allow Firm representatives and summer associates to become mutually acquainted for the purpose of evaluating the desirability of future employment."
Academic accomplishments, intellectual thirst, commercial orientation and respect and appreciation for global cultural differences matter in the selection of summer associates. Summer associates also introduce students to real client-work and the work offered is of "the same character as that performed by the attorneys."
Associates are introduced and exposed to research, writing, depositions, hearings and trials and client interaction. The law firm also has extensive professional training programs and summer associates have a chance to participate.
Salary & benefits
Baker & McKenzie's starting salary ranges from $130,000 to $160,000, depending on the office. Baker & McKenzie's profits per equity partner in 2009 - the most recent year for which data are available - were $990,000, placing the firm in the 37th percentile.
Baker & McKenzie offers a comprehensive insurance benefits package that includes first day coverage for participant and eligible dependents (including one extended family member) consisting of medical, basic group life, long term disability, business travel, EAP/Work Life Plan and Assist America Travel Services. Voluntary benefits include accident, adoption assistance, cancer protection plan, commuter benefit program, dental dependent life, flexible spending account, long term care, supplemental life and a vision services plan. Additionally, retirement savings plans with the ability to elect retirement funds outside core plan. The Firm also offers paid time off, short term disability, and parental leave, as well as reimbursement for bar association fees, and CLE credit.
Working for the Baker & McKenzie.
In the news
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