Virtual Work Experience

We are very excited to announce that Bird & Bird has partnered with Forage to bring you a brand new online programme: The Bird & Bird UK Virtual Experience Programme.

The UK Virtual Experience Programme will give you a further opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Bird & Bird and discover what life is like as a trainee with us. This programme will provide the opportunity to develop the skills you need for a career as a trainee at Bird & Bird.

In this programme, you will complete 3 modules that will:

● Encourage you to apply law theory to work situations that Bird & Bird trainees experience and develop commercial awareness
● Allow you to practise reviewing, drafting, and analysing legal documents to problem solve and deliver for clients
● Accelerate your career by gaining resume-building skills and demonstrating your interest in commercial law at an international law firm

If you want to research more into the firm or practise completing some work, the programme could be a great place to start.

To start the virtual programme, please click here.

Vacation Schemes

If you’re interested in applying for a vacation scheme with us, applications are open on Thursday 2nd September 2021. The deadline to apply for our Spring Vacation Scheme is Tuesday 30th November 2021, and the deadline to apply for our Summer Vacation Scheme is Wednesday 15th December 2021. 

Spring Vacation Scheme: Monday 28th March – Friday 8th April 2022

Summer Vacation Scheme: Monday 20th June – Friday 1st July 2022

Direct Training Contract Route

Applications for our 2024 direct training contract route will open Friday 1st April 2022 and will close Tuesday 31st May 2022.

Please note that we recruit the majority of our future trainees from our vacation schemes and would therefore urge you to apply for that route. Whilst we do still offer a direct training contract route, it is aimed at career changers or those who are prevented from attending a vacation scheme for any other reason.

Open Days

Bird & Bird’s virtual Open Days will give you a unique insight into life at a city law firm and the work we do. There will be a number of different sessions, and you will have the opportunity to network and ask questions to a range of individuals at the firm. We run two Open Days, with one dedicated to STEM students.

Applications for our Open Days open on Thursday 2nd September 2021 and close on Friday 15th October 2021. 

Open Day: Wednesday 20th October 2021

STEM Open Day: Wednesday 27th October 2021

Early Bird Virtual Workshop

Our Early Bird Virtual Workshop is a 2 day experience for those in the early stages of their career who aren’t yet eligible to apply for a vacation scheme or training contract. It’s an opportunity to explore your interest in the legal industry and kick-start your career, taking you straight to the heart of a global law firm. You’ll have access to our Partners, Associates, Trainees and Business Services teams, as well as hearing from our Graduate Recruitment team who will be able to give you application tips and advice. During the virtual workshop, you’ll have a schedule packed with practical skills sessions, insight presentations and interactive Q&A sessions.

If you’d like to apply for our Early Bird Virtual Workshop, applications open on Thursday 2nd September and close Wednesday 15th December 2021. 

Early Bird Virtual Workshop: Tuesday 11th January – Wednesday 12th January 2022

Opportunities available

Training contracts

Our training contracts don’t just pave the way for your long-term career at Bird & Bird. They also place you right at the heart of the firm from the outset.