Your graduate recruitment & application questions answered

Questions about our application process, vacation schemes or when to apply? We’ve put together a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you’re question isn’t listed below, please email and our graduate team would be happy to help you.

Application process

What are your deadlines?

STEM & non-STEM Open Day: 30 October 2020

Early Bird Vacation Scheme: 15 November 2020

Spring Vacation Scheme: 13 December 2020

Summer Vacation Scheme: 31 December 2020

Training Contract: 31 December 2020

Do you recruit on a rolling basis?

We review applications on a rolling basis so you will receive the Critical Reasoning test link within 6 weeks of submitting your online application form.  However, Assessment Days will not take place until early 2021 once applications have closed.

When can I apply?

We accept applications from candidates in their penultimate year of a law degree or final year of a non-law degree. Graduates may apply at any time.

Do you take into consideration mitigating circumstances for academics results?

Yes, we take all mitigating circumstances into account when reviewing application forms.

Do you give feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, due to the high levels of applications we receive, it is not possible to provide feedback at the application stage. However, we are able to provide feedback to candidates who are unsuccessful after an assessment day.

I have a disability or health condition which means I require reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process. Who should I contact?

Bird & Bird is a disability inclusive employer. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to be made for the recruitment process. If you are unsure about what adjustments you may need, would like advice, or prefer to discuss this confidentially with our disability partner EmployAbility, please contact +44 7852 764 684 or

Vacation Schemes

How many vacation scheme places do you have a year?

There are up to 40 place across our two vacation schemes.

Can I apply to both the vacation scheme and training contract?

You cannot apply to both the vacation scheme and training contract. You can only apply for one. However, candidates on our vacation schemes are automatically assessed for a training contract whilst they are with us.

How many training contracts do you offer a year?

We offer up to 18 training contracts per year.


Do you run any schemes for first year students?

Yes, we run an Early Bird Virtual Workshop. Those interested should apply via our “Apply” page.

Do you have a preferred GDL and LPC provider?

Our preference is to send all of our future trainees to BPP Law School to complete their GDL and/or LPC. We do consider requests if future trainees ask to study with another provider outside London.  Candidates who apply and have already completed their GDL and/or LPC at another provider are not at a disadvantage in the recruitment process.

Do you offer ad hoc work experience?

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to offer ad hoc work experience. We offer year 12 and 13 work experience every August. Applications will open in January.

Do you recruit non-law students?

We recruit approximately 50% now-law students each year.