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Are you a talented and highly motivated person looking for an attractive employer that values individuality and independence? If so, then you're the right person for us. We stimulate our staff with a wide variety of work, an open corporate culture and targeted advanced training.


We are always interested in receiving applications from lawyers specialising in all fields.

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Trainee lawyers / substitutes

Each year, Kellerhals Carrard provides law school graduates with the opportunity to complete a traineeship in preparation for the Swiss bar exam.

We can offer you insight into the work of a lawyer through traineeships lasting between 9 and 12 months at our offices in Basel, Bern and Zurich, or 24 months in Lausanne. You will work with several different lawyers and thus have the opportunity to gain multifaceted experience in various areas of the law, with a focus on commercial law.

We aim to bring your everyday work up to the level of that of a lawyer as soon as possible. In addition to drafting legal advice, you will learn how to deal with clients. You will prepare legal documents of all types and on all levels and will appear independently before the courts and other authorities. In addition, you will edit and draft contracts and also assist in the incorporation and restructuring of companies, which will serve as an introduction into the world of transactions (M&A).


We welcome applications from students who will hold a Master of Law degree (in principle “magna cum laude”) and will preferably already have completed a traineeship with the courts or an administrative body by the time their traineeship begins ( no court/administrative traineeship is required for the Lausanne office). You also have excellent foreign language skills (English, preferably also French or Italian) and set yourself apart with your high level of dedication and commitment.


Trainees’ salaries correspond to standard local rates.

Spots available / applications

Basel: from January 2020
Berne: from November 2021
Lausanne: not before 2019
Lugano: ongoing
Zurich: from September 2021

If you are interested in a traineeship with us, we look forward to receiving your application, together with the standard documents, at:

Kellerhals Carrard Basel KlG
FAO Prof. Dr. Daniel Staehelin & Dr. Lukas Bopp
Hirschgaesslein 11, P.O. Box 257, 4010 Basel &

Kellerhals Carrard Bern KlG
FAO Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter & Dr. Anna Gottret
Effingerstrasse 1, P.O. Box, 3001 Berne & 

Kellerhals Carrard Lausanne/Sion SNC
FAO Dr. Frédéric Rochat
Place St-François 1, P.O. Box 7191, 1002 Lausanne

Kellerhals Carrard Lugano SA
FAO Ivan Paparelli
Via Canova 15, P.O. Box 6280, 6901 Lugano  

Kellerhals Carrard Zürich KlG
Dr. Daniel Lengauer
Raemistrasse 5, P.O. Box, 8024 Zurich

Practical experience for students

Summer Trainee Programme

Would you like to see how it is to work at a commercial law firm and gain practical experience at the same time?

At our offices in Basel, Berne and Zurich, we provide students studying law at a Swiss university who have completed their Bachelor of Law degree with the opportunity to gain practical experience at our law firm.

As a summer trainee, you will support our partners and their teams for 3-6 weeks. You will participate in actual client work and will help develop polished solutions, working alongside other team members. You will also attend workshops, presentations and activities specifically tailored to your interests. Our lawyers will be available to answer all of the questions you have always wanted to ask in order to give you a clear picture of what goes on at a commercial law firm.

  • Basel: spots available for summer 2020 (please apply starting in spring 2019)
  • Berne: spots available for summer 2021 (please apply starting in spring 2020)
  • Zurich: spots available for summer 2020 (please apply starting in spring 2019)

Please send your application (including letter of motivation, CV, work certificates and references if applicable) to:

Kellerhals Carrard Basel KlG
FAO Dr. Emanuel Dettwiler
Hirschgaesslein 11, P.O. Box 257, 4010 Basel

Kellerhals Carrard Bern KlG
FAO Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter & Dr. Anna Gottret
Effingerstrasse 1, P.O. Box, 3001 Berne &

Kellerhals Carrard Zürich KlG
FAO Martin Molina
Raemistrasse 5, P.O. Box, 8024 Zurich