Whether you’re studying your GCSEs or A-Levels, completing your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or considering changing to a career in law, we have opportunities for you.

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with 31 offices across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. We’re one firm internationally, which is something our clients value because it brings consistency, collaboration, and clarity. Our approachable culture and inclusive working environment set us apart from the crowd. We pride ourselves in providing an inspiring, supportive, and professional environment where quality, innovation, and collaboration play a key role.

Whatever your background or ambition, join a firm with the scale and spirit to make it possible.

Our vision is to be the number one law firm in the world for organisations being changed by the digital world or those leading that change. We’ve advised clients from over 120 countries within the last year, and our clients include 17 of the world’s most innovative companies according to Forbes. We have a stellar, global reputation for providing sophisticated, pragmatic advice to companies which are carving the world's digital future. We're interested in the world, current issues, and emerging trends. We’re an outward-looking, sector-focussed firm, specialising in Automotive, Aviation and Aerospace, Defence & Security, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Media, Entertainment & Sport, Retail & Consumer, and Technology & Communications. We use our sector understanding and legal expertise to unlock the issues and we take a commercial approach when applying the law.

Be at the forefront of change. Be ambitious. Be with us.

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Training Contract

Excellence expected, shaped and delivered.

Vacation Schemes

Discover your potential and kick-start your career in law.

Early Bird Programme

Supporting, developing, and equipping young people with the skills and mentoring they need to achieve their career potential.

Flying Start Programme

Fly ahead with our 2-day interactive workshop for first-year university students, to accelerate your legal knowledge and skills.

Virtual Experience Programme

Immerse yourself in the world of an international law firm and discover what life is like as a trainee solicitor at Bird & Bird.

Campus Ambassador Programme

Develop your skills, expand your legal network, and step ahead in applications with exclusive events and learning opportunities.

Open Days & Drop-Ins

Explore our opportunities, learn something new, and meet our lawyers at Bird & Bird.

Events

Education. Discussion. Question. Our events are a chance for you to learn more about our firm, our work, the legal sector, and the business world.

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Drop-In – Thursday 13 October
Applications open: Thursday 15 September 2022
Deadline: Friday 7 October 2022
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Open Day (All Degrees) – Tuesday 8 November
Applications open: Thursday 15 September 2022
Deadline: Friday 28 October 2022
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Open Day (STEM) – Thursday 10 November
Applications open: Thursday 15 September 2022
Deadline: Friday 28 October 2022
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Spring Vacation Scheme – Monday 17 April to Friday 28 April
Applications open: Thursday 15 September 2022
Deadline: Friday 16 December 2022
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Summer Vacation Scheme – Monday 19 June to Friday 30 June
Applications open: Thursday 15 September 2022
Deadline: Saturday 31 December 2022
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2025 Direct Training Contract 
Applications open: Thursday 15 September 2022
Deadline: Friday 31 December 2022
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Flying Start Programme – Tuesday 11 July to Wednesday 12 July 
Applications open: Monday 2 January 2023
Deadline: Friday 28 April 2023
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Early Bird Scholarship 
Applications open: Monday 20 March 2023
Deadline: Friday 28 July 2023
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Privacy

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Our Early Careers candidate privacy policy can be found here.

Opportunities for me

School or College Student

The early bird catches the worm – take your first steps towards a career in the legal sector.

You can gain an insight into the legal sector and professional services with our programme of skill-based workshops and work experience on the Early Bird Programme.

Early Bird Programme

Achieve your career potential with our mentoring scheme, work experience, and programme of workshops with the Early Bird Scholarship for incoming law students.

Early Bird Scholarship

Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of an international law firm and discover what life is like as a trainee solicitor with our Virtual Experience Programme.

Virtual Experience Programme

First Year Undergraduate

Take flight ahead of the flock with our early career opportunities tailored for first-year students.

Fly ahead with our interactive two-day workshop to accelerate your legal knowledge and skills on the Flying Start Programme.

Flying Start Programme

Swoop into the world of an international law firm and discover what life is like as a trainee solicitor at Bird & Bird with our Virtual Experience Programme.

Virtual Experience Programme

Penultimate or Final Year Undergraduate or Postgraduate

Whether you’re a law, non-law or STEM student, there are early career opportunities for you.

Kick-start your legal career with two-weeks work experience on our Vacation Scheme and showcase your potential as a trainee solicitor, or apply directly for a training contract with our Direct Training Contract route.

Vacation Schemes Direct Training Contract

Join our Campus Ambassador Programme to develop your skills, expand your legal network, and step ahead in applications.

Campus Ambassador Programme 

Why not fly by our Open Days & Drop-Ins to explore our opportunities, learn something new, and meet our lawyers?

Open days & Drop-ins 

Or, swoop into the world of an international law firm and discover what life is like as a trainee solicitor with our Virtual Experience Programme.

Virtual Experience Programme

Graduate or Career Changer

Spread your wings and bring your previous experience and knowledge to the legal sector with our early career opportunities. 

Kick-start your legal career with two-weeks work experience on our Vacation Scheme and showcase your potential as a trainee solicitor, or apply directly for a training contract with our Direct Training Contract route.

Vacation Schemes Direct Training Contract

Why not fly by our Open Days & Drop-Ins to explore our opportunities, learn something new, and meet our lawyers? Or, swoop into the world of an international law firm and discover what life is like as a trainee solicitor with our Virtual Experience Programme.

Diversity & Inclusion

We know an inclusive culture, alongside a diverse workforce, makes us more innovative and agile. 

The ability to connect the dots and leap to inspired solutions can't be underestimated. We believe it’s this pioneering approach that unlocks a world of opportunity. So, we work tirelessly to build a culture that makes it possible – possible for our people, our clients and our communities. We stay curious and work in truly international teams. It's what our clients value and it helps us to be the firm we want to be. 

Global D&I       UK D&I 
Sustainability

The shift to a more sustainable way of doing business needs people who embrace change and spark innovation. We’re up for the challenge, are you?

Sustainability is a core strategic initiative for us – It’s vital to our people, our clients and our planet. We embrace the step change needed to transform our business; not just minimising our environmental impact but, as a global citizen, making a positive contribution towards a more sustainable future. 

We believe that technology can be a force for good. Our work with some of the world’s most cutting edge companies gives us first-hand insight into the innovative approaches that create a new blueprint for sustainable living, so where possible we apply this to our own firm too.

We routinely manage our buildings responsibly, consider the impact of business travel, reduce waste and consumption and recycle wherever we can. More importantly, we commit to business decisions that support our sustainability pledges alongside our long-term economic growth strategies.

Global Sustainability       UK Sustainability

Pro Bono

The ability to help isn't always enough. In today's world, more often than not, what's needed is time. We believe Pro Bono is time well spent.

For us pro bono isn’t an add on. We are passionate about making a positive difference to people’s lives, and giving back to the communities we work within.

We give pro bono our time, consideration, and full expertise. Because our culture is focused on making it possible. Possible for our people, our clients and our communities. We believe we can open up possibilities for individuals and organisations in need, by contributing the time, legal expertise, skills, and resources needed to progress their cause.

It’s all the more satisfying when we can work together, with our clients and other key stakeholders to foster and develop collaborative opportunities that have a greater positive social impact as a result.

Global Pro Bono       UK Pro Bono

Corporate Social Responsibility

We believe in taking an active role in supporting our communities to make a difference.

We’re an outward-looking firm. We're interested in the world, current issues and emerging trends. We work with great clients doing great things. Things that have a real impact on the way the world does business, and how we all live. So, it's not surprising that we also want to have a positive influence by supporting our local communities. 

We work alongside our clients to champion initiatives that make an impact on the community around us. Our people dedicate time through volunteering and fundraising, and partner with charities across the world to truly amplify our impact.

Global CSR      UK CSR

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We strive to create and maintain an inclusive work environment where all of our people are seen as individuals and are each supported and encouraged to achieve, regardless of any difference.

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Whether you're looking to sample daily life or secure a training contract at a modern, forward-thinking law firm, Bird & Bird can deliver.

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Upcoming events

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13 Oct 2022

Drop-In

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8 Nov 2022

Open Day (All Degrees)

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10 Nov 2022

Open Day (STEM)

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Contacts

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Lara Machnicki

Early Careers Manager UK

Chloe Johnson

Chloe Rose Johnson

Early Careers Assistant UK

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