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Training Contract 2026

DEADLINE 12th January 2024

To become a trainee solicitor at Bird & Bird, you can apply through two different routes by attending a Vacation Scheme or applying directly for a training contract.

Apply directly for a training contract as an alternative to attending our vacation schemes. We recruit the majority of future trainee solicitors through our vacation schemes; however, we recruit from a range of diverse backgrounds and appreciate that it might not be possible to attend a vacation scheme. If you are unable to attend a vacation scheme, please apply directly for a training contract.

Our training

At Bird & Bird, you will spend time in four different departments for 6-months each, known as ‘seats’, giving you a rich learning experience and development opportunities. During each seat, you will be assigned to a dedicated supervisor who is an associate or partner.

Within our departments, we have sector and sub-sector specialisms. You will get exposure to different areas of law whilst working alongside an array of lawyers and clients, as you find the area you want to pursue and qualify into.

Application process

Applications open on Thursday 14 September 2023. Our training contract applications close on Friday 1 December 2023 and close on Friday 12 January 2024 at midnight. You can apply if you can commence a training contract in 2026. This means you will be in your penultimate-year of a law degree, final-year of a non-law degree, or a graduate.

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DEADLINE 12th January 2024