From Year 10 to Year 13, you’ll be an Early Bird Pioneer. This early stage of the programme is designed to help you gain an insight into the legal sector and the full range of careers available within the professional services industry, as well as prepare you with the relevant developmental skills for a successful career. You’ll receive skills-based and insight workshops, networking opportunities, general support and guidance. You’ll also attend 2-weeks work experience, with the first week at our London office and the second week with a different client organisation, through our collaboration with the Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP) Skills & Insight Programme.
At the end of Year 13, you can:
Our Early Bird Scholarship is to support, develop and equip young people from low socio-economic backgrounds with the skills they need to achieve their full career potential as part of Bird & Bird’s flagship social mobility initiative. Our Scholarship offers a mentoring scheme with our trainees for support and career guidance during your university studies in law; work experience; workshops and sessions from our Early Careers and Diversity & Inclusion teams; and Financial Assistance paid in instalments over your time at university.
As an Early Bird Scholar, you’ll be mentored on how to apply for our other early career opportunities, including the Flying Start Programme and Vacation Schemes, with the aim of becoming a Trainee Solicitor at Bird & Bird.
Our Scholarship is open to all eligible Year 13 students, not just Early Bird Pioneers. If you want to pursue a successful career in law with mentoring, workshops and skill sessions, and financial assistance whilst at university, apply to our Scholarship.
Applications to our Early Bird Scholarship open on Monday 20 March 2023 and close on Friday 28 July 2023 at midnight.
The application process includes an online application form and an in-person assessment centre. Once you have applied, you’ll receive a confirmation of your received application form. You’ll be notified if your application has been unsuccessful or receive an email regarding the next stage of the application at each stage.
We operate rolling recruitment, which means we screen applications as they’re received, rather than after our deadline. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.Find out more here
To be awarded a place on our Early Bird Scholarship, you must fulfil all of the below eligibility criteria:
You must also fulfil one or more of the below criteria:
To find out if you’re eligible, you can check your school’s details here.
We know an inclusive culture, alongside a diverse workforce, makes us more innovative and agile. We are keen to create a recruitment process where everyone feels supported to succeed, to ensure that we recruit the top candidates onto our programmes, no matter their background or circumstance. It’s also the right thing to do.
Early Careers UK highlights:
From paper brochures to tote bags, plastic bottles, and travelling across the country, we recognise the impact of recruitment on the environment, and we’re committed to making a greener way of recruiting. The Early Careers UK team are transforming the way in which they recruit, with sustainability in mind.
Early Careers UK highlights: