Baker McKenzie: BEGINNINGS Programme, London In person placement

Important dates

  • Application deadline date:

  • Placement start date:

Placement locations

  • London

Placement details


Location: Hybrid (London/Virtual)

  • 1 in-person ‘Introduction to the office’ event on 9 April at Baker McKenzie London office
  • 3 day summer work experience 13th August – 15th August at Baker McKenzie London office
  • All other sessions will be virtual, including the launch event on 14 March 2024

Programme Launch Date: 14 March 2024 (virtual)

Application Deadline: Midnight  16 February 2024


About the Programme:

BEGINNINGS at Baker McKenzie is an 18-month social mobility-focused development programme for Year 12 students interested in a career in law.

As a global firm that values diverse thought and inclusive opportunities, Baker McKenzie is passionate about breaking down barriers for talent from all backgrounds and communities.

Each year, 20 students will be selected to join the programme and attend regular events both in-person and online. These include virtual skills sessions that develop an individual’s academic prowess and employability in law, as well as engaging networking opportunities and a three-day summer work experience placement in our London offices.

Students will also have a dedicated mentor assigned to them who will invest the time, advice and training needed to see them succeed. This is alongside a team that’s there to ensure you’re supported at every stage of your academic journey – from UCAS and exam guidance to pre-university preparation.

If you show a strong commitment and a real passion for a future in law, you could be invited to join our FUTURES at Baker McKenzie programme. This offers further support and development opportunities during your first year of university. You could also receive financial support and a place on our First Year Insight Scheme.

Year 12

  • Launch event
  • Baker McKenzie mentor assigned
  • Skills sessions
  • Exam support
  • Work experience

Year 13

  • UCAS support
  • Mentoring
  • Skills sessions
  • Pre-university preparation
  • Celebration event

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must have Grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths to access the programme and also:

  • Attend, and have attended from age 11, a state-funded, non-fee-paying school/college

You must also meet one or more of the following:

  • You have been, or are currently, in local authority care.
  • You are currently in receipt of, or have previously received, free school meals, Pupil Premium, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or 16 to 19 Bursary.
  • You are, or have been, a full-time or part-time carer.
  • You came to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker.
  • The occupation of your main household earner is categorised as a routine or manual occupation. A summary of this can be found here.
  • You are attending a state school or college with:
  • You grew up in a household where no parent or guardian attended University.
  • You grew up in a household where no parent or guardian attended University.

Financial Support

All work experience will be paid and travel expenses will be covered throughout the programme.

How to Apply: View further details and click 'Apply' at the top of this page!


About Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie brings insight and foresight to clients across more than 70 global offices. Its team of 13,000 people, including over 6,500 lawyers, works alongside clients to drive growth that is both sustainable –and inclusive.

The Firm's London office provides its clients with solutions to complex and often cross-border situations through a network of lawyers and offices that are locally embedded and globally integrated. They advise on some of the most significant and largest cross-border transactions, complex disputes and investigations, and international advisory matters in the UK and global markets.

With more than 500 lawyers, its London office is the largest in the Firm and a major city practice in its own right, providing domestic and cross-border legal advice in Banking & Finance, M&A, Tax, Competition, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Technology and Intellectual Property to a number of leading multinational corporations and financial institutions on complex matters.


Next steps

 Click 'Apply' here or at the top of this page!


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