Mayor Brown’s application process tests you in numerous ways as you progress through it. This page focuses on the graduate trainee recruitment process as this is the most exhaustive recruitment process. Other applicants will find elements of this page useful as they apply to their own recruitment processes.

Mayer Brown Application Form

The Mayer Brown application form is the first time the firm will see any information about you. It is important to make it count. As well as the usual questions about education and work experience, there are two sections which need more attention - the covering letter and the interests and responsibilities section.

The covering letter is the most important part of the application form. Mayer Brown do not give any indication on the form itself about what they are looking for, you are simply told to write a covering letter, and pick out what you think is the most relevant to include. However it is safe to say that what they want you to provide will include:

  • Tell the firm why you want to work in law, and why you want to work with them.
  • What you offer the firm.
  • Evidence that you have researched the firm, and know what they do.
  • A fully structured letter, with all spelling and grammar checked over for mistakes.

Although they do not specify what they want to see in the covering letter, Mayer Brown do ask that covering letters are kept short and to the point. The challenge will be in getting the information you want into the letter without going on for too long. 

Following on from the covering letter, you are given a section to tell the firm about your academic and non academic achievements and interests which have not been covered elsewhere in the form. You have 1,000 words available for this section, which should be enough to ensure that you do not need to put any of this information in your covering letter. Our blog guide to law firm application forms is filled with tips for completing this section of the application form. 


Online Verbal Reasoning Test

Following on from the application form, applicants to a work experience scheme with Mayer Brown are now asked to sit an online verbal reasoning test. The verbal reasoning test is designed to test your ability to comprehend, analyse and interpret written text, some of the key skills that you must have as a lawyer. The best way to improve your score in such a test is to practice ahead of time.

See how JobTestPrep can help you prepare for a verbal reasoning test.


Assessment Day

Applicants for the graduate training contract whose application forms have impressed, are invited to a whole day assessment centre at the firm’s offices. During the day you will take part in a range of exercises, all of which are taken into consideration when assessing who will be offered a training contract.

Fact Finding Exercise

This fact finding exercise has been developed specially for Mayer Brown. In this exercise, you are given a scenario and some information about it, and your role is to ask questions of an associate in order to come to the correct answer for the client in the scenario. This exercise is designed to discover your abilities to think when new facts are placed in front of you. No legal knowledge is needed, just your common sense.

The fact finding exercise is essentially a case study that you need to analyse and come to an answer. See how JobTestPrep can help you learn how to tackle case studies here.

Written Exercise

The Mayer Brown written exercise is a business analysis exercise. You are given a series of documents about the case study to absorb information, analyse and prepare a presentation about. This test is designed to test your time keeping, commercial awareness, common sense, and your ability to follow a brief and take instructions. This test requires you to use your case study analysis skills, as well as testing your ability to prepare and give over a presentation. See JobTestPrep’s blog on presentations for some helpful tips, and prepare for the written element of the test with the case study practice pack.

Group Exercise

In the group exercise you are put in a group with five other candidates in order to solve a brief. In the group exercise you are being assessed for your team working skills, your ability to make a contribution to a case, and how you listen to the contributions of others. It is important you ensure that your contributions are original and add to the group, that you are heard, but that you are not aggressive.

Assessment Day Interview

The final test of the day is an interview with two Mayer Brown Partners. The interview is a mix of competency and commercial questions. Questions include your motivations for working in law, and working with Mayor Brown. The interviewers have your CV, so expect questions on what you wrote on your CV and application form. Other questions test your knowledge of the legal services industry and how current affairs can impact on the work of the industry and the firm. Don’t forget to prepare for the interview, both by revising your CV, research into the company and keeping up with current affairs; and practising the skills you need for the interview itself. JobTestPrep can help you prepare in real time for your interview with our interview preparation package.


In Summary

Mayer Brown is an ambitious firm, with aspirations to keep on growing and moving forward. The firm is looking for trainees and workers who match these aspirations and who can help take the firm forward. Their application process is designed to help them identify just these people. This page has been written to give you a guide to the process, and help you identify the resources you need to prepare for each stage. We hope you have found this guide useful. Good luck!