“Do you have questions about your career with us? I’d be happy to help you.”Christine Herzog, Recruitment Manager
Why should you have a career with us?
We could give you many long and detailed answers to this question. And one short one: you’ll fit right in.
Are you interested in the work of a large corporate law firm? We assume this will be the case. Do you want to continue to grow professionally and make a difference? Good. Are you a lateral thinker and are you ready to be innovative? See, we knew it: you’ll fit right in.
What – and especially who – you can expect, well… it’s best if our colleagues tell you themselves. Do you have any questions? Let us know!
Christine Herzog, Recruitment Manager
Your career path:
Whatever your personal career path might look like: we regularly choose to make up our associates to partners.
DIRECT ENTRY AS ASSOCIATE
Finished your exams? Then we’re off! You will have contact with clients from the very start. That way, you will learn almost immediately how to approach them, how to quickly grasp complex facts, how to assess these facts from a legal perspective and how to provide targeted advice. You will develop your legal know-how in training programmes, like those run by our Academy and, of course, in practice.
2-3 year Associate
After two to three years, you will be so confident that you will be working independently on your own matters and can show your ability to generate business. Partners will assist you throughout and will provide you with feedback. Associates receive a fixed salary and, in some cases, a bonus.
4-5 years Salary Partner
After about five years, we will decide whether to make you up to salary partner. Your personal integrity and the development of your expertise are important - at this stage and for your later career – as are acceptance by colleagues and clients and your positive contribution to the profits of the firm. Salary partners receive a salary and a performance-based bonus.
Salary Partner – Senior Salary Partner – Equity Partner
After another four to five years, we will take another decision about your career: you will be made up to equity partner or senior salary partner, or you will remain as a salary partner. It is important to note that we bank on long-term relationships and the partner track is always open to you.
Your first step to a career with us.
Whether as an intern, an experienced lawyer, an IT specialist or a secretary – we welcome your interest. And this is what you can expect from us.
Work Placement l Referendariat l Research Assistant
Work placement: Get to know us before you start your Referendariat! Exceptionally qualified students can gain an insight into the work of a corporate lawyer and the world of a large law firm as part of a work placement. It is important to us that you can get involved right from the start. You should therefore not be at the start of your studies, but already have the necessary basic knowledge. For law students, this means that you should have finished your fourth semester. Your application should be sent six months in advance and you should have at least four to six weeks for your placement. Did you enjoy your time with us? Then stay with us as a student assistant while you continue your studies.
Research assistant: Would you like to work while you write your doctoral thesis or wait for a position as a Referendar, or do you otherwise have a period of time that needs to be bridged? Then join us after your first or second state exam as a research assistant. Ideally, you would be able to provide our lawyers with support at least two or three days per week. This would allow you to work intensively on some exciting projects.
Referendariat: Are you one of our lawyers of tomorrow? Regardless of which part of your Referendariat you are doing: you will be supervised by lawyers from your chosen area of law and have a partner for a mentor. You will learn what it is like to work for clients, the professional aspects of our work and the way we work. Our internal training programmes are open to you. Would you like to prepare yourself for your second state exams? You can use our cooperation with the Repetico platform to access the flash cards from Alpmann Schmidt or improve your English. By the way, our expectations are the same for Referendare as they are for all our lawyers: you should have above average exam results and have qualifications or practical or other relevant experience, which demonstrate your enthusiasm for corporate law. Plan to spend at least three months with us and send us your application nine to twelve months in advance. If you are applying for a position in one of our foreign offices, please allow a little longer.
AS AN ASSISTANT TAX ADVISOR OR AUDITOR: You have successfully completed your economics or accounting studies and plan to take your professional exams in the near future? Then let us take this journey together! Come and work with us as an assistant tax advisor or auditor. You will be involved in client work from the very first day. With the experience you gain from your studies and your practical work with us, we will help you move forward and prepare for your exams after about three years. Support – both financial and through time off to study – goes without saying.
AS AN ASSOCIATE OR TAX ADVISOR: You have your legal training or tax advisor exams successfully in the bag? Or you will have them soon and are planning for your future? We look forward to receiving your application for a position as an entry level associate or tax advisor.
AS A PARTNER: Do your clients rely on you? Our partners can also come from direct hires. Let’s speak openly about the opportunities.
Our secretaries, IT specialists, business development and marketing personnel, HR team, translators, receptionists and other support staff work closely with our experts. Their contribu-tions are critical to our success, because we can only make a difference together, as a team. If you have completed your vocational training, have high quality standards, are a real team player and like to take on responsibility, you have come to the right place! Would you like to start your career with us? Please get in contact with us: we provide vocational training for support staff at a number of our offices.
What we expect from you
We’re pursuing ambitious goals. In order to reach these goals, we need highly motivated, determined and professionally skilled team players. You should be confident and have excellent qualifications, ideally demonstrated by outstanding exam results. A strong understanding of commercial principles is also important as it will enable you to put yourself in the client’s position, understand their problems and provide the best advice possible. Our international focus means good command of the English language is vital - strengthened by time abroad, where possible. In addition, a doctorate or equivalent academic degree – gained from a foreign university – is desirable. Of course, we are not just interested in formalities. Your personality is equally important. We therefore look forward to getting to know you soon!
Get to know us better
“Individual solutions need trust. And that is exactly what you’ll find here.”
Salary Partners Haide Spanier and Julia Thöle on flexibility and goals
“I had the freedom just to get on with it. And that encouraged me.”
Dr Daniel Hund, Equity Partner, about career paths and the right amount of freedom
“Contact to clients early on and flat hierarchies – that’s what I value here.”
Associate Stefan Bräunig about his start at the firm and his career prospects