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The first stage of the application process for our vacation schemes and training contract consists of an online application form and an online test (situational judgement and verbal reasoning tests). Successful applicants will then be invited to complete a 'Life at Mayer Brown' trainee simulation exercise, which includes a combination of multiple choice, written and video interview responses. The final stage is an assessment centre and a training contract interview with members of our graduate recruitment panel. The assessment centre involves a written exercise, a fact-find assessment and a collaborative group exercise.
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- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Video interview
- Written exercise
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We’re one of the world’s largest full service law firms with locations in 27 major cities across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. As one of the first firms to develop a global platform, we’re an international leader.
In Brazil, the firm has an association with Tauil & Chequer Avogados. Through the association, the extensive international expertise of its lawyers and its presence in the leading financial centres around the world, Mayer Brown provides high-quality legal advice and client-focused solutions to support many of the world’s leading businesses, governments and individuals. This includes a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100 and DAX and Hang Seng Index and organisations in the banking, insurance, communications, industrials, energy, construction, professional services, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and mining sectors.
We're a global law firm but our offices still maintain an open and inclusive culture with tightly knit teams. When you train with us, you’ll be one of 30 trainees and you’ll have the opportunity to assist our teams on matters that may be multidisciplinary, cross-border, complex and high profile in nature.
Training with us means high levels of responsibility with extensive opportunities to represent clients across a variety of sectors. From leading investment banks to insurance companies and major corporates to hedge funds, the clients we advise are without parallel and our teams work collaboratively to help them achieve their goals.
While hard work is the norm, we offer a great working environment and friendly culture. As a trainee, you’ll be given all the support you need to reach your full potential.
Our lawyers practise in a wide range of areas including: corporate; banking and finance; litigation and dispute resolution; real estate; pensions and employment; antitrust and competition; tax; restructuring; and intellectual property. The firm advises many of the world's largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100 and DAX and Hang Seng Index organizations from the worlds of banking, insurance, communications, industrials, energy, construction, professional services, media, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and mining.
To find out what it is like to work at Mayer Brown International LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Our vacation schemes are the main pipeline for our training contracts each year. We run two two-week vacation schemes each year: one in spring and one in summer. Both are based in our London office and applications are welcome from law and non-law undergraduates and graduates. During our vacation schemes, you will assist partners and senior associates on real deals to give you firsthand experience of life in a City law firm. You will sit in one of our core fee-earning departments and you will also attend skills sessions which support your own professional development and provide more insight into the firm. There will also be a number of social activities organised.
Applications can be made from 1 October 2023 and must be made online via our website before 31 January 2024.
Our trainees can tailor their training contract from a range of different seats, including our main practice areas in London, international and our client secondments.
For a global law firm, our London office remains a tightly knit team with an open and inclusive culture. You will nevertheless be given significant opportunities to assist on matters which may be multi-disciplinary, cross-border, complex and high-profile in nature. Trainees are given high levels of responsibility, case management and client contact from an early stage.
Applications can be made from 1 October 2023 and must be made online via our website by 31 March 2024.
If you obtain a training contract offer prior to beginning the SQE, then the firm will cover the cost of the SQE preparatory course and exams, and provide a maintenance grant of £17,000. The firm asks all SQE students to complete the SQE in London. Our preferred providor is BPP.
Our goal is to create and maintain a diverse, supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential – regardless of race, religion, beliefs, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual or romantic orientation, age or disability.
What makes you different is what we embrace. In fact, diversity and inclusion is one of Mayer Brown’s core values – we believe creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is simply the right thing to do. It also enables us to serve our clients more effectively because teams with diverse viewpoints and perspectives produce more innovative and robust solutions.
While we designate March as global diversity month each year to acknowledge and celebrate our differences, we cultivate a culture of inclusion and respect 12 months a year, not just one. And recognizing that unconscious bias exists, we conduct highly rated interactive workshops to raise awareness of this bias and promote ongoing discussion of the issue.
While we are proud of our progress, we know there is still work to do. Our women’s networks and committees lead professional development workshops for women and diverse lawyers, with a particular focus on leadership skills. We have set goals for increasing the number of women and diverse lawyers in our partnership and senior management positions. We track our progress and describe our ongoing efforts in detail in our annual diversity report.
Our mission is clear: to create and maintain a diverse, supportive and inclusive work environment in which everyone – for example, someone like you – has an equal opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.
The firm will sponsor your visa and support you through the whole visa sponsorship process.
- Corporate & securities
- Banking & finance
- Real estate
- Litigation & dispute resolution (including: commercial disputes; construction disputes & international arbitration; insurance & reinsurance disputes; competition; & antitrust)
- Intellectual property
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
|Training contract applications:||2,300 (2023)|
|Retention rate:||86% (2023)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Los Angeles
- Mexico City
- New York
- Palo Alto
- San Francisco
- Rio de Janeiro
- Salt Lake City
- Sao Paulo
- Washington DC
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Hong Kong
- Afghan Pro Bono Initiative
- Islington Law Centre
- Kids in Need of Defense
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- PILnet (Public Interest Law)
- Prince’s Trust
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- Save the Children
- TrustLaw Connect
- UK collaborative pro bono plan
- Whitechapel Mission
- Working Families
- Zacchaeus 2000 Trust
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors Network
- Breaking Barriers
- Bright Network
- City Solicitors Horizons
- Disability Confident Leader
- Legal Apprenticeships
- MyPlus Consulting
- Pathways to Law
- SEO London
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust
- Working Families