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Bird & Bird offer aspiring solicitors a training contract and vacation scheme. If the firm are accepting applications, opportunities will appear below. 

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Training Contract

Trainees at Bird & Bird undergo four seats, each lasting six months each. They can be done in any of the firm's eight practice areas, ranging from aviation to intellectual property. Past trainees have praised the variety of work available during each seat, allowing them to develop a large breadth of knowledge. You will be involved as much as possible, attending client meetings and court hearings. 

Trainees sit in an office with a partner or senior associate. Halfway through the seat there will be an appraisal, as well as a more thorough evaluation once the seat is complete. Detailed feedback allows trainees to build on their strengths and improve on their weaknesses for future seats.

Outside of seats, there are a variety of different development opportunities. You will receive legal, technological and business skills training, and attend a variety of different events. Past events have included industry briefings and contract-drafting workshops. 

Trainees also receive a paid day of volunteering every year, with past trainees supporting the South Westminster legal advice centre. During downtime, trainees attend social events and even have yoga events in the office.

Vacation Scheme

The firm has two vacation schemes a year, one in the Spring and one in the Summer. Many trainees are recruited from the training contracts. Each scheme lasts two weeks and employers are paid the London Living Wage (£11.05 an hour).

Candidates are given personal work from the start, such as academic research, proofreading and attending trials. If this sounds too overwhelming, you will be sat with a partner in a department, who will support you throughout the scheme. You will even get the chance to sit in two departments, receiving varied work to ensure you get as much exposure to the world of law as possible.

When you’re not working, you will be encouraged to socialise with your fellow trainees, as well as the more senior lawyers. This allows you to get a feel of the firm’s culture and decide if Bird & Bird is right for you. Events range from drinks and dinner to bowling, although informal conversations take place everyday. At the end of the scheme, the best performers will receive a training contract offer.