Baker & McKenzie has established global internships for Chinese law students in a bid to help them develop a global understanding of how law crosses borders and further its connections with the country’s lawyers.
The internship programme will offer up three months work experience to four students every year, who will work in offices in Beijing and Shanghai and undertake a placement in an office in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America or Latin America.
The firm has been present in the Chinese market since the 1970s and first established its Beijing office in association with a local firm in 1993 when the Chinese government started to allow international firms to establish offices in the country.
Global chairman Eduardo Leite acknowledged the importance of the Chinese market to Bakers, saying: “The increasing globalisation of law and business have led to a demand for lawyers with deep legal expertise, and an understanding of how to do business across borders.
As the influence and importance of China continues to rise internationally on the world’s stage, lawyers who are able to demonstrate an appreciation for local business nuances but also bring a global perspective to the deal, will be in significant demand.”