Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues.
We combine exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients achieve their commercial goals. We have over 1200 lawyers in 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, as well as close ties with firms in other parts of the world.
There are three key things that set us apart from our competitors: our deep industry knowledge, excellence in client service and international reach. These differentiators are all underpinned by our commitment to clarity, originality and passion.
At Bird & Bird, we have genuine global reach, capability and commitment. Our clients know that with us, national borders need not act as barriers to commercial needs and aspirations. And our lawyers can be certain they’ll get access to high-quality work, global mobility and fascinating specialist opportunities.
We’ll help you to develop your skills and capabilities to become a trusted advisor for our clients, supporting them on legal matters as well as business priorities and best practice. What you learn through practical experience will be as valuable to your long-term career as your legal qualifications.
At Bird & Bird, graduates have many opportunities to develop their skills. Our deep industry knowledge, international reach and outstanding client service make us a great place for your legal career to thrive.
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.
Learning and development
We’ve designed our graduate learning and development scheme to treat you as an individual and help you find and meet your professional and business goals. That way, we’ll set you on the path to success right from the start. We recognise that formal academic learning is only part of the picture. Much of your learning will come from our active sector experts and the international network you build up for yourself. Our aim is to provide a rounded package of support that you can draw upon throughout your career.
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.
Find out more about graduate law careers with Bird & Bird HERE.