Winter Vacation Programme (2024) and Practical Vocational Training (2025/2026)


For more than 30 years, Baker McKenzie has been helping clients seize opportunities in South Africa and across the continent. Our Johannesburg-based team, an integrated part of our international Africa Practice, has worked on significant projects in more than 40 countries. We advise domestic and multinational companies, project sponsors, banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of legal issues, including project finance, M&A, tax, capital markets, employment, dispute resolution, private equity, regulation and anti-trust and competition.


What we offer

 Join the team at Baker McKenzie and become a part of a global law firm that values diversity and inclusivity at its core. We believe that our differences are our strength, allowing us to work seamlessly across borders, cultures, and practices, in a truly global law firm.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to creating an environment where the best ideas and solutions are generated. At Baker McKenzie, we understand that when people are empowered to be themselves, they can perform at their best. We are committed to building a high performance culture that encourages people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, culture, religion or belief, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation or age, to fulfil their professional aspirations with us.

Join our Johannesburg office, where you will be surrounded by a dynamic and diverse community of leading legal professionals. As a member of our team, you will have access to a diverse talent pool, and work on innovative solutions for our global and local clients. At Baker McKenzie, we strive to create an exciting and inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and achieve their full potential in a stimulating and fun workplace.


Who we look for:

  • Student studying towards LLB, BA Law or BCom Law degree
  • Individuals who are passionate about the law and driven to succeed
  • A commitment to delivering exceptional client service
  • A desire to work collaboratively with a diverse group of professionals
  • The ability to think critically and creatively to solve complex legal issues
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A dedication to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in a truly global environment


To Apply


At Baker McKenzie we welcome direct applications.

Please click on the Apply icon on LinkedIn to start the online application process for this role. We will then be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Recruitment Team on either 011 911 4300 or




Please note Baker McKenzie does not accept unsolicited CVs.


Do you want to be part of One Global Team, working on integrated legal solutions for African businesses, across practices and teams?


Our vision is to be the law firm of choice in Africa for our people and our clients, making a positive impact for the growth of the continent. Our people choose us as their employer of choice because of our African Connectedness – we bring the world to Africa and take the continent abroad; our Relevant Diversity – we celebrate differences and find innovation and collaboration in diversity; our Change Agency – we embed a new and pioneering way of doing business; and our Rewarding Work – we are a high-performing team that keeps excellent client company and depth of relationships.


If this aligns with the vision you have for your legal career in an environment in which you are empowered to self-actualise, have fun and thrive, then apply to join our Winter Vacation Programme. Applications are concurrent for a position as a Candidate Attorney.