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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.
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.