On September 28th, 2014 Baker & McKenzie on-campus recruitment activity was held at Room 305 of CESL Mingfa Building in CUPL Changping campus. Ms. Peng Fan, the HR manager of the Beijing office of Baker & McKenzie attended the activity as the keynote speaker.
Founded in 1949, as one of the first foreign law firms approved by Ministry of Justice of P.R. China to establish offices in mainland China, Baker & McKenzie has gathered great experience and attained remarkable achievements in providing legal services related to areas such as insurance, antitrust and competition, cross-border M&A, project finance, securities, private equity, investment funds, real estate, intellectual property and dispute resolution etc. Nowadays, the law firm can be regarded as one of the largest and most experienced international law firms in China. This time, its on-campus recruitment activity in CESL, having attracted a large number of law school students, did bear some desirable fruits.
To begin with, Ms. Peng Fan gave the attendees a detailed and comprehensive introduction of Baker & McKenzie’s business areas, personnel allocation, and the career planning and systematic training for its staff, especially highlighted the mentor program, work shift, overseas training program and global scholarship program.
In the wake of showing a picture of Mr. Jia Dian’an, partner and chief representative of Baker & McKenzie Beijing office, Ms. Peng shared her personal ideas on how to become a remarkable lawyer. From her perspective, a marvelous lawyer, not merely a “good” one, shall be equipped with not only accurate legal consciousness in the face of ambiguous legal provisions, a good business mind in creating a win-win situation for his/her clients and himself/herself, and the awareness of providing customer-oriented services, but also the analytical ability to solve real problems, the communication skills to brief others on a complicated issue and a positive working attitude.
In the meantime, Ms. Peng attached great importance to excellent English skills. She encouraged students to grasp the knowledge from textbooks while training their good sense and application ability of English by reading original versions of English works. In addition, Ms. Peng also mentioned the scholarship and some eight-week internships sponsored and offered by Baker & McKenzie for those outstanding students from five prestigious universities in China, including CUPL.
At the end of the recruitment activity, many students enthusiastically participated in the interaction with Ms. Peng, raising questions on CV writing, interview skills and ways of application for internships and full-time positions, all of which were answered by Ms. Peng at length. Finally, accompanied with all attendees’ warm applause, there came the conclusion of this recruitment activity.
Written and photographed by Zhuang Li’e (CESL Double Master student from 2013 intake)
Translated by Wang Feisi (CESL master student from 2014 intake)