Bird & Bird Graduate Careers
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- Employer Bird & Bird
- Salary First year
- Location London
- Vacancies 18
The AllAboutLaw perspective on Bird & Bird
In our ever-connected world, Bird & Bird aims to be the number one firm supporting organisations as they adapt to new technologies.
Past trainees have described the firm as “forward thinking and focused on innovation.” The firm has 29 offices worldwide and its lawyers have advised clients from over 120 countries. This strong global network allows trainees to gain a wide breadth of experience.
Working across nine different practice areas, the firm’s lawyers are some of the highest ranked. 80% of the firm’s intellectual property partners are recognised leaders in their field, while the life science and healthcare team works with 50% of the largest pharmaceutical companies. Trainees are encouraged to get involved, with a past trainee praising the fact that “Bird & Bird really value you as individuals and encourage you to take ownership of your strengths early on.”
While the firm may be multinational, it is always keen to give back to the community. Trainees receive a day of paid volunteering each year, receiving two days once they are qualified. Lawyers have worked with the Young Citizens organisation, which makes links with legal professionals and young people living in economically disadvantaged areas.
The young people learn about the legal industry and legal issues, while volunteers receive valuable insights about the issues affecting young people today. The firm even has a bursary program providing employment opportunities, mentorship and financial support to sixth form students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
What the firm says
While many organisations are unsure or concerned about what the rise of different technologies means for their business, Bird & Bird are not just understanding but embracing these challenges. The firm has a varied knowledge of the tech sector, even delving into more niche topics such as blockchain technology and the impacts of multimedia in vehicles.
The firm doesn't just work in technology, but also in retail and sports law. Bird & Bird has even worked with Just Eat to help expand its international presence, and has advised Sony Music on its investment in a rap label and booking agency. Bird & Bird place great value on the importance of volunteering, with trainees providing free legal advice at clinics and reading with primary school children.
- 1st year trainee£40,000
- 2nd year trainee£44,000
- GDL course fees paidYes
- GDL living costs grantUndisclosed
- LPC course fees paidYes
- Retention rateUndisclosed
- Offices1 (London)
- NQ salary£71,000
- Winner - Best Recruitment Campaign
- A-levels Not Assessed
- Degree Not Assessed
Bird & Bird is keen to ensure that aspiring lawyers can flourish at the firm, no matter their background. The firm offers a bursary programme, aiming to support young people from the most deprived areas of the country. Twelve sixth-form students are sponsored each year, receiving financial support while they are at university, a week’s work experience as well as a mentoring scheme.
The firm also works with Aspiring Solicitors, a company that aims to increase diversity in the legal profession by providing students with skills workshops, help with applications and events with firms they have partnered with. Bird & Bird were one of the first law firms to work with Aspiring Solicitors. The firm also works with EmployAbility, who give law firms advice on providing adjustments for students with disabilities.
Furthermore, the application process at Bird & Bird has also been carefully tailored to ensure diversity in the trainee intake. Interviews are conducted blindly, which means the interviewer doesn’t know anything about your background (the school you went to or the results you received). The firm also works with RARE contextual recruitment, which looks at your achievements in light of your background and any adversities you may have faced.
Once you enter the office, Bird & Bird has plenty of initiatives in place to ensure all lawyers feel included. The firm has two networks- standOUT for the LGBTQ+ community as well as EMBRACE for the BAME community. These networks aim to raise awareness about issues facing the communities, and organise a variety of events and initiatives to educate employees.
Mental health is also paramount at the firm, with a mental health awareness group, seminars and well being officers available to provide support.