Your career at Bär & Karrer
Perfect preparation for the bar exam (14 months)
As a junior associate at Bär & Karrer, you will receive targeted training for the bar exam over a period of 14 months (Duration varies from canton to canton). You will join one of our smoothly running teams and dive head first into our dynamic day-to-day work. You’ll be given responsibility early on and will be able to gain insights into the work of other teams.
Our junior associates are an extremely tight-knit group. They help each other out and even sometimes meet up after work. Every Friday there is a trainee lunch where experienced lawyers help the next generation of legal professionals get up to speed on what they need to know for the bar exam.
Gain valuable experience (2–3 years)
We are happy to report that many of our junior associate rejoin us as associates after passing their bar exam. Associates choose their preferred area of specialisation and do exciting work that makes waves in the legal world and beyond. This is a time of intense learning: your network will grow, and you will be supported and developed by the partner in your field – both personally and professionally.
Take on the world
Perhaps this sounds a bit over the top, but there’s a grain of truth in it. With an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree you will truly expand your horizons in a multitude of areas: culturally, linguistically, personally – and of course in your legal knowledge, as you’ll learn about other fundamentals and approaches.
This is a bundle of skills and experiences that can give your career a real boost, and it is an important requirement for success in our international law firm. You decide where you want this path to take you: England, the U.S., Australia and Singapore are just a few commonly chosen options.
Off to a flying start (4–6 years)
… but be sure to stay down to earth, as we find it important to stay grounded despite our success and ambitions. During this phase of your career you will put your experience as well as your significant legal knowledge on display, learning more every day and growing into the role of partner step by step.
With your goal now in sight, the decision lies in the hands of the partner committee, which decides – in a multi-step process – who will join them as partner. Here your field-specific knowledge isn’t the sole criterion: we also consider the human factor to make sure it’s a good fit.
Bär & Karrer College
Nowhere should our clients be understood and advised better than with us. That’s why the solutions we develop are always tailored to the individual needs of our clients. To this end, we follow our own path, also in the training of our associates.
The optimal solution always begins with understanding. Legally, you have the tools to grasp problems quickly. However, the backgrounds and interrelationships of the mostly very complex cases often lie outside our familiar legal field.
For this reason, we have developed a course in cooperation with the University of St. Gallen and Bär & Karrer College, which is tailored to your everyday life and your further professional career. We enhance your legal skills, deepen your know-how in economics and business administration, management and business law and also develop your soft skills.
Your top five advantages at a glance:
- up-to-date knowledge, matching your training level and your needs as an associate, immediately applicable in your everyday life.
- training by the best in their field: Professors from the University of St. Gallen as well as carefully selected experts and partners from Bär & Karrer.
- flexible training modules from 2 hours to 2 ½ days, in-house and twice a year in St. Gallen.
- we cover the entire costs and the training takes place during your working hours; you only invest one Saturday per semester.
- 5th degree with certificate of the University of St. Gallen with 15 credit points, fully creditable to the Executive MBA course of the HSG and to other MBA courses.
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