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Baker McKenzie

Main Office: 300 East Randolph Street, Suite 5000 | Chicago | IL | 60601
Phone: 312-861-8000 | Fax: 312-861-2899











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Reviewed on June 14, 2023
Former Employee

5.Current Employee, more than 5 yearsA great company to be a part ofIT Manager in Chicago, ILRecommendProsVery good benefits, flexible work arrangements, authentic efforts and progress with inclusion diversity and equity. Well hedged through presence in many countries and expertise in many practices.ConsAs with many companies, we are all anticipating an impact because of the risks of recession.Advice to ManagementKeep on working in having equity between business professionals and lawyers. The former should not feel like second-class citizens.

Former Employee


Full time

Reviewed on October 26, 2020
Former Employee Senior associate Washington, DC

Concentrate on career development of associates.

It is indeed a very good law firm! It has offices all over the world! If you want international exposure, this can be a GREAT PLACE!

Not the best, but the biggest firm. In Washington, much of it can be a regulatory practice, and Washington is the regulatory capital of the world! Some other areas may suffer.

Just REALLY interview THEM and see why they may want you. Regulatory practice and international client base is truly top notch, but are they interviewing you for litigation? What cases and clients in litigation do they current have? Will the current active matters last a long time? Every firm would like you to somehow generate new work yourself, but will the current work keep you going for at least two or three more years?

Friendliness, location, commitment to success, chance to say you work in the biggest law firm in the world!

Former Employee


Full time

Less than a year



Headline: Unlock Your Potential with Baker & McKenzie: A Global Law Firm for the 21st Century

For attorneys seeking an exciting, global opportunity, Baker & McKenzie is the premier law firm of the 21st century. As the first truly global law firm, established in 1949, they have a history of bringing leading corporations across the world into the integrated global market. With over 4,200 locally admitted lawyers in 77 offices across the world, they have the global resources to meet the needs of their clients.

The firm is renowned for its “fluency” across borders, issues, and practices. Their diverse community of 60 nationalities has the knowledge and experience to understand the nuances of any local market. This unique combination of expertise and experience allows them to provide world-class service tailored to each client’s needs.

In the Bay Area, attorneys can benefit from the firm’s expertise in the technology sector. As the heart of the tech world, the Bay Area offers a unique opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the industry. At Baker & McKenzie, attorneys can use their business acumen and legal knowledge to help clients develop new products and navigate the complex legal and regulatory landscape.

At Baker & McKenzie, attorneys can also benefit from the firm’s commitment to professional development and career advancement. The firm offers a variety of programs to help attorneys develop their legal skills and gain additional expertise in specialized areas. Through these programs, attorneys can develop the knowledge and experience needed to advance their careers.

For attorneys looking for an exciting and challenging opportunity in the Bay Area, Baker & McKenzie is the perfect place to unlock your potential. With their global resources, commitment to professional development, and expertise in the technology sector, they are the perfect partner to help you take your career to the next level.

Practice Areas

Baker McKenzie practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Baker McKenzie follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

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.

Pro bono

Baker & McKenzie is actively involved in Pro Bono & community service programs. It is the first law firm to receive the Corporate Pro Bono Partnering Award from the Pro Bono Institute.

As the firm declares on its website: "Our pro bono mission is to deliver first-class legal services to the underserved and disadvantaged by fostering an environment that encourages and promotes service and to promote and sponsor activities that provide opportunities for all Firm personnel, independently, and in partnership with our clients, to contribute to the well-being of the communities in which we practice and live."

Baker & McKenzie is involved in Pro bono work across a vast range of projects. It's just crossed more than ten years in campaigning for breast cancer awareness. It often files amicus briefs for children's rights, as it did recently on behalf of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth at Northwestern University School of Law, arguing the vulnerability of children during police interrogations. It holds webinars and supports books on pro bono programs, and is sufficiently recognized for the pro-bono director of the firm to attend White House Summit as part of Congressionally-appointed LSC Obstacles Task Force.

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Baker McKenzie Awards and Recognitions Write a review

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® Global Elite Brand Index by Acritas, a survey of more than 2,000 of the world's largest law firm clients

Being ranked at second position in Law360's Global 20

Being selected by the International Law Office 2011 Client Choice Firm - International Award for excellence in client care and quality of service

Being selected by BTI Consulting's 2011 Client Service A-Team list, four times in five years

Being at No. 1 in PLC Which Lawyer?'s Global 50 for the last five years at a stretch: Asia Law Firm of the Year, 2005-2009; Latin America Law Firm of the Year, three of the past five years; Middle East Law Firm of the Year, 2008 and 2009; Central & Eastern Europe Law Firm of the Year, 2008.

Being ranked for its global climate change, data protection, employment, immigration, private client, outsourcing and technology & communications practices in the Chambers Global 2009 guide.

Being awarded the 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Award by The Foreign Policy Association, making Baker & McKenzie the first law firm to receive the award.

Being awarded the first Corporate Pro Bono Partnering Award from the Pro Bono Institute.

Awarded the Starbucks Excellence in Diversity Award for 2009

Awarded the International Tax Review ITR award for European Indirect Tax firm of the year 2009

Diversity Write a review

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.

Working for the Baker McKenzie

There is a pressure on billable work, however incentives are not blindly based upon billable hours but many other factors are taken into account for bonuses. There are many offices and practice groups and sometimes things can be quite disparate between concurrent groups in the same firm - in one business and incentives may be growing by leaps and bounds, while in another things might be going at a snail's pace. But individual performance gets noticed quickly, as the environment is highly competitive.

Baker & McKenzie is one of the best places to start your associate life with its lack of pretensions. The company is known to respect work-life balance and team performance. Associates get exposure to high-profile clients and gather experience from being part of teams handling extremely important transactions involving massive stakes.

The way to work within Baker & McKenzie, and the keys to success, follow the principles of individual growth within large multinational corporations and not the principles of employee growth followed in boutique law firms.


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