FAQs

Americas

United States

How will Mayer Brown support my professional development as a new lawyer? icon

We have a robust training and professional development curriculum that covers legal and non-legal skills for all levels of lawyers. This curriculum includes training on business development, networking and marketing, leadership and business acumen.

Will I receive mentoring and guidance as a junior lawyer at Mayer Brown? icon

Every junior lawyer here is assigned a mentor when they join. Your mentor provides guidance and support that is critical in the early stages of your career. Furthermore, you’ll develop a number of informal mentors over time as you work and interact with other lawyers.

How well-integrated are the offices? Do lawyers collaborate across offices on deals? icon

We are a global law firm with a ‘one-firm’ culture. With a powerful transatlantic and transpacific platform, our practices operate on a global basis, enabling us to respond to our clients’ unique needs and opportunities.

How can I learn more about Mayer Brown's diversity initiatives? icon

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, because it is the right thing to do and because it makes business sense. To learn more, visit www.mayerbrown.com/diversity/

Are Summer Program social events mandatory? icon

No, they are not mandatory. However, we encourage you to attend the social events—formal and informal—because they are an excellent opportunity for you to get to know our people in a more casual setting and to experience interesting city sites.

What is the summer associate salary? icon

Summer associate compensation is based on an annualized salary of $202,500. Associate compensation is based on an annualized salary of $190,000.

What support services are available to summer associates? icon

Summer associates have access to the firm’s network through mobile devices and are also assigned secretaries. We offer global document services and proofreading assistance with the capacity to assist our people 24 hours most days (with limited weekend and holiday staffing) and our global library staff provides expanded hours of support to assist with research requests.

What is the dress code? icon

We have a year-round business-casual dress code. Lawyers are required to keep an outfit of traditional business attire in the office in the event of unplanned meetings or court appearances.

Americas

Brazil

What is the salary for interns? icon

Intern compensation is based on your school year, so there isn’t a standard amount. Annual salaries range from R$18.000 to R$31.200,00

When does the Intern Program start? icon

Our interns start in February or August..

How long does the program last? icon

According to the Brazilian Legislation, students are welcome to stay with us until they complete 2 years of internship contract, or until they graduate, whatever occurs first. If the supervising partner recognizes potential in a student, they will be invited to continue with us for as long as the partner offers.

As an intern, how many practice areas will I work in? icon

Our interns are generally allocated to one practice area, considering their main interest.

Are the Internship Program events mandatory? icon

Yes, we advise that you attend our program events. These events, both formal and informal, are a great chance for you to get to know our people, practice areas and clients, as well as the other interns.

How well integrated are the offices? Do lawyers collaborate across offices on deals? icon

We are a global law firm with a ‘one-firm’ culture. With a powerful transatlantic and transpacific platform, our practices operate on a global basis, enabling us to respond to our clients’ unique needs and opportunities.

How will Mayer Brown support my professional development as a new lawyer? icon

We have a robust training and professional development curriculum that covers legal and non-legal skills for all levels of lawyers. This curriculum includes training on business development, networking and marketing, leadership and business acumen.

Will I receive mentoring and guidance as a junior lawyer at Mayer Brown? icon

Every junior lawyer here is assigned a mentor when they join. Your mentor provides guidance and support that is critical in the early stages of your career. Furthermore, you will develop a number of informal mentors over time as you work and interact with other lawyers.

What is the dress code? icon

Traditional business attire is expected in the Brazil offices at all times.

Asia

Hong Kong

If I studied abroad, what is the admission process for becoming a registered solicitor? icon

If you studied abroad, you will be required to sit the PCLL conversion examinations, which include 11 core subjects and additional top-up subjects depending on where you studied and what subjects you took there. Once you pass all your conversion examinations, you’ll be able to enroll for the PCLL curriculum. If you pass the PCLL examinations, you’ll be considered for Training Contracts in Hong Kong. After completing two full years of training, you can apply for registration as a solicitor at The Law Society of HK.

Is completing an Internship Program a prerequisite for a Training Contract at Mayer Brown? icon

While it is not a prerequisite, our Internship Program is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the firm and for our team at the firm to learn more about you.

Are Summer Program social events mandatory? icon

No, they are not mandatory. However, we encourage you to attend the social events—formal and informal—because they are an excellent opportunity for you to get to know our people in a more casual setting.

When will I hear back about my application? icon

Since applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis, please expect to hear from us after the application deadline. You should receive an automatic system reply upon submitting your application, but if you don’t, please email our graduate recruiting team at asia.recruit@mayerbrown.com.

How many trainees do you recruit each year? icon

We typically hire approximately 12 trainees for our Hong Kong office every year.

Are secondments available during the Program? icon

Yes, you can apply for secondments when you are selecting your seats. You can choose an international secondment to one of our offices in London or New York, or you could take an inter-office secondment to Singapore.

How can I learn more about Mayer Brown's diversity initiatives? icon

We are committed to diversity and inclusion because it is the right thing to do and because it makes business sense. To learn more, visit www.mayerbrown.com/diversity/

Europe

United Kingdom

Where can I find the application form? icon

You can access the application form via www.apply4law.com/mayerbrown/

When do applications open? icon

Applications for Training Contracts, Vacation Scheme and Open Days all open on 1 November each year.

Am I eligible to apply for a place on a Vacation Scheme? icon

Our Vacation Scheme is open to penultimate-year law, final-year law and final-year non-law undergraduates and graduates. For more information please see the ‘Vacation Scheme’ section on this website.

I didn't study law at university. Can I still apply? icon

Yes, we welcome applications from candidates with degrees from all disciplines.

Does it matter that I attended a non-Russell group university? icon

It doesn’t matter which university you go to; we value diversity and operate a blind CV policy to avoid any unconscious bias during the process.

Does it matter if I don't meet your minimum grade requirements? icon

We take all relevant information into consideration and look at your application as a whole. If you didn’t reach the minimum requirements, we ask that you provide any mitigating circumstances surrounding this in the relevant part of the application form.

I have a disability. However, I am concerned that if I disclose this that it will impact my application. Does the firm support applications from candidates with disabilities? icon

We would strongly encourage you to apply and contact our graduate recruitment team to discuss the support you require. It is important we can ensure appropriate reasonable adjustments are made when necessary during the recruitment process.

Who do I address the covering letter to? icon

Please address your cover letter to Mark Dubes, Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager.

How long will I have to wait before I hear back after submitting my application? icon

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automatic generated response to confirm we have received it. We aim to communicate decisions as soon as possible.

What are the dates of your Vacation schemes? icon

All of our Vacation Schemes run for two weeks. The dates for our 2022 Spring and Summer Vacation Schemes will be posted here later.

When should I apply for a Training Contract? icon

If you are in your penultimate year of a law degree, you should submit your application after you have received your second-year law results. Non-law undergraduates should submit an application in the final year of their degree. All other graduates can submit their application at any point in the recruitment cycle. All applications open on 1 November each year. However we strongly recommend that you apply for a Vacation Scheme rather than directly for a Training Contract; the vast majority of our Training Contracts each year are offered to high-performing participants on our Vacation Schemes so that is definitely the most effective way to secure a Training Contract.

When is the deadline for applications? icon

The deadline for open days, vacation scheme and training contracts is 31 January, and we review applications on a rolling basis. Please therefore ensure you submit your application at the earliest possible date.

Do you sponsor/provide maintenance for the GDL and PLC? icon

Once you’ve accepted a training contract with us, we’ll pay your course fees for the LPC and GDL during the year of study. We also provide a maintenance grant of £10,000 for the LPC. The GDL, when studied in London, remains £7,000. If you choose to study the GDL outside of London, the maintenance grant will be £6,000.

Note: All those who have accepted a training contract with us before starting the LPC must complete the LPC at BPP in London.

Are secondments available during the Training Contract? icon

Yes, trainees are given the opportunity to complete a secondment during their Training Contract. A secondment could take you to one of our international offices (these vary; however, we have had secondments to Hong Kong, Chicago, Singapore and Frankfurt). If you don’t want to stray too far, we also have a number of client secondments in London, too.

What benefits does the firm offer for trainees? icon

We offer a range of benefits including an on-site GP, 25 days’ annual leave, childcare vouchers, access to life insurance and automatic enrolment to the firm’s Contributory Pension Plan.

Where can I find information about your Solicitor apprenticeship? icon

Between 1 March 2022 – 18 April 2022, we will be accepting applications for our Solicitor Apprenticeship program starting in September 2022. For further information on this apprenticeship program, please see the Solicitor Apprenticeship program section under our programs.

Europe

Germany

How do I apply for a job or a program? icon

If you’d like to apply for our Summer Intern Program, a legal clerkship or for a position as a lawyer, please submit your application by email to: career@mayerbrown.com. Be sure to include your CV, cover letter, references and certificates.

Do you employ interns all year round or only recruit at certain times of the year? icon

We are open to employing legal interns at any time throughout the year. However, our Summer Internship Program runs in August. To find out about our current opportunities outside of the Summer Internship Program, please visit our careers page.

Will I have an induction? icon

Yes, new joiner inductions start with a basic introductory session, as well as training on our IT systems. To ensure you have the support you need, we also offer a mentoring program.

Will I be allocated to one specific practice area or do I change departments during the Internship Program? icon

We employ interns based on specific business needs, which means you’ll be firmly integrated into your practice group from day one.

Are there opportunities for an international secondment? icon

Yes, we offer the chance to work on projects in one of our other global offices. Each secondment is judged on a case-by-case basis and depends on business needs. Once you have sufficient experience, we also offer secondment opportunities to work in our clients’ legal departments.

Do I need to earn my LL.M in an English-speaking country? icon

We believe an LL.M. program in an English-speaking country will help you acquire the ability to handle legal English and give you an understanding of different cultures. From day one, you’ll do a large part of your work in English, and, more broadly, we find that people who have experienced different cultures from living abroad quickly settle into our ‘one-firm’ global culture in which we continually collaborate with our international clients and colleagues.

Are there alternatives to an LL.M. program? icon

Yes, you can also learn legal English by spending time abroad. For example, you can choose to complete an internship or a stage of your clerkship abroad, where you will gain valuable experience and learn about other cultures.

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