What we are looking for

Whatever qualities you have, you’ll share certain key attributes with everyone across the firm; an inquisitive mind, along with commercial awareness and a real desire to find solutions for the challenges faced by our clients.

Our lawyers are independent thinkers who are commercially-minded and at the top of their game technically. However, clients also expect us to offer something more: a passion for their particular industry and the technologies that are transforming it.

As well as a strong academic record, it’s just as important that you’re inquisitive with a curiosity to learn and develop your skills. You’ll have a creative approach when responding to challenges; and be a well-rounded team player who can demonstrate that you fit with our open, fast-paced culture.

We’ll need to know you’re excited by the high-quality work at Bird & Bird and the prospect of learning about our clients’ industries. We also want you to have a strong international perspective. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll speak a variety of languages or have visited every corner of the globe, you’ll take a keen interest in different cultures and understand the importance of multinational co-operation. You’ll have an interest in our sector specialisms and a willingness to learn more about them as you progress at the firm, developing a deep understanding of the wider economic and cultural context and using your knowledge to the best possible effect.

We accept applications from both graduates and undergraduates who have secured, or will secure, as a minimum, a 2:1 degree and AAB at A-Level. However, whilst academic achievements are important to us, we do understand that you may not have received the grade you hoped for due to extenuating or mitigating circumstances. If this is the case, don’t be discouraged, you can detail any relevant information in your application form and we will review any potential mitigating circumstances alongside your application.