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.

Our Culture


Today’s young professionals want to work differently, maintaining a good work-life balance. McDermott therefore regards Flexibility as a key element in developing a healthy career.

Getting to know our colleagues and socializing across offices is very important to us and we regularly organizes events including:

  • Annual Christmas Party
  • Annual Summer Party
  • National and International Lawyer Retreats
  • Welcome Lunches
  • Trainee Events

Education & Training


Associates will have the opportunity to work with partners and counsel across different practices and offices. McDermott also offer a wide range of professional development sessions designed to maximise our lawyers potential.

McDermott offers many select internal; training programs, including a focus on:

  • Practice by practice trends & developments updates e.g.
    • International Tax Issues
    • Trends in Non-Profit M&A
    • Litigation Boot Camp
    • Enforcement Trends
    • Private Client Boot Camp
  • Build a Team | Project Management for Associates
  • Persuasive Business Writing
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing

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:

For training contracts for 2022 please click on the link below to submit your application
https://www.apply4law.com/mwe/
Applications open 22 February 2020 and close 30 June 2020

For general inquiries, please contact graduate.recruitment@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