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Getting into law at Bird & Bird

A world of possible. Whether you are studying your GCSEs or A-Levels, completing your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or considering changing to a career in law, we have opportunities for you.

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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 31 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 scholarship program providing employment opportunities, mentorship and financial support to sixth form students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. 

What the firm says

We are an international law firm with 31 offices across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. Our vision is to be the number one law firm in the world for organisations being changed by the digital world or those leading that change. We have advised clients from over 120 countries within the last year, and our clients include 17 of the world’s most innovative companies according to Forbes. We have a stellar, global reputation for providing sophisticated, pragmatic advice to companies which are carving the world's digital future. We are interested in the world, current issues, and emerging trends. We use our sector understanding and legal expertise to unlock the issues and we take a commercial approach when applying the law.

To qualify as a solicitor at Bird & Bird, you can join as a solicitor apprentice or trainee solicitor. To become a solicitor apprentice, you can through our Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme. To become a trainee solicitor, you can apply by attending a Vacation Scheme or applying directly for a training contract. 

The early bird catches the worm – take your first steps towards a career in the legal sector with our Early Bird Pathway (Early Bird Scholarship), Flying Start Programme, Open Days, Office Drop-Ins and Virtual Experience Programme. Spread your wings and begin your career with our Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme, Vacation Schemes and Training Contract.

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Academic requirements

We understand that you may not have received the grade you hoped for due to extenuating or mitigating circumstances. Please detail any relevant information in your application form for us to take into consideration. We also use a Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) to enable us to recruit people from all kinds of backgrounds and help us understand your achievements in the context in which they were gained.

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