Vacation Schemes

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 29 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Americas 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, both in summer (2 weeks long). There are 40 positions available across the two schemes. We pay the London living wage.

Vacation Scheme dates:

Summer Vacation Scheme 1: Monday 24 June – Friday 5 July 2019

Summer Vacation Scheme 2: Monday 15 July – Friday 26 July 2019

How to apply

Our deadline for applications has now passed.  Applications for our 2020 summer programmes will open mid-August 2019.  Further information will be posted shortly.

Application Process

Your application will be screened by a member of the graduate recruitment team.

If you are successful, you will be invited to complete an online test. Successful candidates are then invited to the next stage in the process which is a video interview. Selected candidates are then invited to an assessment day.  Assessment days for both direct Training Contracts and Summer Vacation Schemes will be held in January and February 2020.

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 September) before submitting another application.

Please note that law students should apply from their penultimate year onwards, and non-law students should apply from their second year. Graduates can apply at any time.