Legal Professionals

Why McDermott


At McDermott, we strive to be best in class in every aspect of our professional lives: in the sophisticated counsel we provide to clients, in the quality of our services, and in our dealings with clients, colleagues and our communities.

Why work at McDermott?

  • Vision: Our primary goal is to be our clients’ trusted advisor in their mission-critical endeavors, through our understanding of their business, our knowledge of their industries, and our commitment to providing premier, creative legal services for the best value on a global scale.
  • Training, Mentoring & Professional Development: Our early career lawyers, including first-year associates receive focused attention, advice and feedback that help align and achieve firm and lawyer goals.  We also believe that learning never stops, and provide ongoing CLE and other trainings.
  • Top-Tier Talent: we nurture and promote talent within the Firm, seek first-year associates, lateral lawyers and non-legal professionals who share our goal of excellence and team work.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: the face of McDermott is the face of the world in which we work. We are committed to a culture that values and nurtures individual strengths and team success.
  • Competitive Compensation: taken together, our merit based compensation system combines base salary and incentives that meets, and in some cases, exceeds that of peer law firms.

European Graduate Recruits


McDermott’s Paris office plays an important role in our international firm, helping French businesses strengthen their positions domestically, throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and around the world. Our highly experienced lawyers also advise foreign and multinational investors, companies and financial institutions seeking to enter the marketplace in France.

Like our clients, we have pursued an intelligent, practical growth strategy, building the Paris office in a manner that best serves the needs of our diverse clients. Our 60-lawyer team provides cross-disciplinary counsel to some of the country’s best-known companies in all key areas of law, including corporate transactions, EU competition, finance, labor and employment, litigation and dispute resolution, private equity, IP, public law and tax, among others. We have strong industry teams as well, with extensive experience in life sciences, construction and engineering, distribution, energy, oil and gas, telecommunications and transportation.

As a trainee in McDermott’s Paris office, you will assist in the provision of legal or tax advice and services to the highest standard. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with the relevant areas of law and practice, and understand and comply with all rules of professional conduct.

Where much is demanded of our trainees, much is offered. To achieve your objectives you will be a valued member of a team led by experienced partners and including senior associates and support staff.

We value our people and our Firm, and office cultures are open, dynamic and business-focused. You will find our teams friendly and supportive.

We seek the brightest, best and most entrepreneurial interns with strong interpersonal skills. Our training program is deliberately exclusive, and our trainees are self-reliant, academic high-fliers who want to make their mark. We recruit interns with a French university diploma in law, possibly with a Grande Ecole, an LLM or an equivalent legal degree with top marks and fluent English. Experience studying and working abroad is appreciated, as well as fluency in other languages.

We offer internships of 3 to 6 months throughout the year.

Recently Qualified Lawyers


If you’re looking to join a truly global law firm, then McDermott is the place to start. Many of our clients are multinational corporations or domestic companies with operations, investments and customer relationships worldwide.

To help clients address emerging business, industry and regulatory developments wherever they do business, we have established offices in major commercial centers in a number of countries. Our offices in Europe are staffed with highly respected lawyers who serve as legal, business and civic leaders in their home countries while also working closely with colleagues from across the Firm.

Experienced Lawyers


Making the leap to a new law firm is an important decision, to say the least. You’ve spent years fostering client relationships and a network of legal and professional contacts, and now you’re looking for a place to grow them even further. You want the perfect fit and a smooth transition—and so do we.

You’ve probably already visited other sections of our website to get a better sense of our Firm, our culture, our client services and our lawyers. To take the next step and learn more about lateral recruitment opportunities, please contact our legal recruiting contacts for more information.

A note to search firms and recruiting agencies: McDermott does not accept unsolicited online submissions and resumes from agencies. Recruiting agency contacts must be made through the Legal Recruiting Department at the office in which the agency is seeking to place a candidate.

Explore Openings & Apply


View all of McDermott’s opportunities.

Legal Recruiting Contact
Ana Cristina Barriendo
Director of Legal Recruiting and Professional Development
acbarriendo@mwe.com

A note to search firms and recruiting agencies: McDermott does not accept unsolicited online submissions and resumes from agencies. Recruiting agency contacts must be made through the human resources department at the office in which the agency is seeking to place a candidate.