Vacation Schemes

Expand your knowledge. Gain a unique insight. Discover your potential. It’s the best way to see whether Bird & Bird is the right place for you to start a successful career.

A vacation scheme with Bird & Bird is more than just work experience. It’s an opportunity to discover your potential and kick-start your career in law, taking you straight to the heart of a global law firm.

With access to people across the company including partners and our CEO, you’ll have a chance to live and breathe the brand, experiencing the business from the inside out. You’ll also see first-hand the impact of client relationships and how we work seamlessly between 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

You’ll be working on client projects from the outset: our vacation schemes are designed to strengthen your knowledge and give you an unfiltered look at the way people work on an international level. At the end of each placement we’ll be recruiting the best performers for our training contracts.

But there’s no work without play which is why you’ll experience the Bird & Bird social life too. Get to know the people who may eventually become your colleagues and immerse yourself in the friendly and vibrant culture that makes Bird & Bird, and our people, so unique.

We hold two vacation schemes each year. One in spring (one week long) and one in summer (two weeks long). There are 30 positions available across the two schemes. We pay the London living wage.

Vacation Scheme dates:

Spring Vacation Scheme: April 2018

Summer Vacation Scheme: June/July 2018

How to apply

You will need to complete and submit your application form by 28 December 2017.

You will then be invited to complete an online test.

Once we have received your completed test we will review your application form and online test in detail. Successful candidates are invited to the next stage in the process which is a video interview. Selected candidates are then invited to an assessment day.

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider candidates who have applied previously in the same recruitment year and been unsuccessful (at either application or interview). Please wait until the next recruitment year (which commences each October) before submitting another application.

The application process opens each October. Please note that law students should apply from their penultimate year onwards, and non-law students should apply from their final year. Graduates can apply at any time.