Mayer Brown International LLP

Firm description and career prospects

Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in key business centres across the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm's Asia presence was enhanced by its 2008 combination with Johnson Stokes & Master, the largest and oldest Asia law firm. (In Asia, we are known as Mayer BrownJSM.) In December 2009, Mayer Brown formed an association with Tauil & Chequer, a leading law firm in Brazil. This impressive on-the-ground presence in the world's leading markets for legal services enables Mayer Brown to offer clients access to local market expertise on a global basis. From it's trendy city location, the London office provides a full service presence working together with its US, European and Asian counterparts to provide clients with complete representation on local and multi-jurisdictional matters alike.

Our lawyers practise in a wide range of areas including corporate, finance, litigation and dispute resolution, construction, real estate, insurance and reinsurance, pensions and employment, competition and trade, tax, intellectual property, and information technology. 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.


We pay all course fees for the GDL (if applicable) and the LPC together with a maintenance grant of £6,500 (£7,000 for London and Guildford) for each.

Work placements

We run three work experience programmes each year; two three-week schemes in the summer and one two-week programme in the spring. All are based in the London office and applications are welcome from law and non-law undergraduates and graduates.

During our work experience programmes you will assist a partner or senior associate on real deals to give you first-hand experience of life in a City law firm. You will sit in two departments and you will be asked in advance which areas interest you most. You will also be invited to attend presentations on our different practice areas to give you more insight into the breadth of the firm. There will also be plenty of social activities organised, including a trip to one of our European offices.

Applications open on 1 November 2014 and must be made online via our website.

Training contract programme

One of the advantages of joining Mayer Brown are the choices available to you. Our trainees can tailor their training contract from a range of different seats, including our main practice areas in London and international secondments (Hong Kong and New York). If you don't want to stray too far, a wealth of in-house experience is also available via our client secondments within the UK.

For a large international 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. The firm also has an extensive support network in place throughout the training contract in the form of senior-level support and continuous appraisals. Applications open on 1 November and must be made online via our website.

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