Bird & Bird and Yahoo! launch Pioneer programme


We were delighted to welcome students to Bird & Bird’s London office last week as part of our Pioneer programme, which aims to build long-term relationships with students from underprivileged backgrounds from age 14.

The students spent the week shadowing people in a variety of departments and working on a project which they presented on their last day to Elizabeth Lang, our Diversity Partner and Nick Perry, our Head of London.

Yahoo! have played a big part in driving the PRIME commitment within the in-house community and hosted an excellent afternoon at their offices for the Pioneer students. The students met the legal team and learnt about what in-house lawyers do and spoke to other people in the business, including editorial and sales. They also completed a negotiation exercise which saw them pitched against each other to agree a deal.

The Pioneer programme evolved from our Bursary, launched in 2009 which aims to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession. We are also running half-day workshops for Year 10 and Year 11 students as part of Pioneer. The first of these workshops, which took place earlier this month for ten Year 10 students, focused on networking training and was a great success.


Elizabeth Lang, Bird & Bird’s diversity partner comments: “We are pleased to partner with Yahoo! on this venture which aims to provide young people with vital skills for the workplace. We hope that by introducing students to a variety of career options at a young age, we will expand their horizons for their future plans.”

Quotes from Pioneer students:

"I loved the fact that on top of my project I was given department work, it drew a clear picture of how work life is and made me prepared for it"

"I really enjoyed my visit to Yahoo!, looking around and seeing the way Yahoo! works.  The negotiation task was amazing"

“Bird & Bird have such friendly and approachable employees. As the new person they made me feel welcome and they really helped my confidence"

"Thank you so much for giving me this fantastic opportunity to take part in the Pioneer Programme, I really enjoyed it and will take so much away from this"


Bird & Bird's Pioneer programme fulfils our commitment to the PRIME initiative. For further information about how Bird & Bird works with PRIME please visit their website.

For more information about Bird & Bird's Bursary programme please visit our community pages.