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. You’ll build your skills, develop your knowledge learning from our legal experts and start delivering important work for our clients.

Becoming a trainee at Bird & Bird is the first step to fulfilling your potential and shaping your long-term career. You’ll have real responsibility from day one – working for exciting clients across a range of sectors in a number of practice areas.

Your relationship with the firm starts from the moment we make you an offer. We maintain close links with BPP Law School to ensure that your transition from study to training contract is as smooth as possible. You can expect regular contact, input and tailored seminars from the firm before you even begin your formal career.

During your two-year training contract you will spend six months in four of the following practice areas: Commercial, Employment, Corporate, Finance, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate. We listen to your department preferences and ensure, wherever possible, that you have either an international or client secondment to enrich your learning.

You’ll take part in a business-skills development programme that will provide the basic building blocks for your future development within the business of law. Additionally, we encourage trainees to get involved in corporate responsibility initiatives, join our Bird & Bird sports teams and take part in various social events. You’ll find we offer an environment in which people genuinely enjoy working together and learning from each other.

It’s a rich learning experience, in which you’ll be given accountability for important pieces of work and have the opportunity to attend client meetings and court hearings.

What we’re looking for

You’ll need to be a driven individual who’s committed to developing into an exceptional lawyer. Of course, we’ll be looking for evidence of your academic success but it’s just as important that you’re a well-rounded person who can demonstrate your fit with our professional, dynamic culture.

When to apply

If you’re interested in applying for a training contract with us, applications will open on 27th September 2018.  We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and our training contract and vacation scheme applications will be reviewed concurrently.

Our deadline for both vacation schemes and training contract applications will be 27 December 2018.  Assessment days for both direct Training Contracts and Summer Vacation Schemes will be held in January, February and March 2019.

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.

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.

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 before submitting another application.