Get the inside buzz from graduates at Bird & Bird LLP

9.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2017)
"Sociable and friendly with interesting and innovative work."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.2 / 10
8.2 / 10
6.8 / 10
6.4 / 10
Pro Bono
6.8 / 10


  • Approachable colleagues help to give the firm a sociable and relaxed culture.
  • Flexible hours and a lack of a face-time culture mean that trainees can maintain a good work/life balance.
  • There’s an initial training programme, as well as department-specific sessions, to help trainees develop their skills.


  • While retention rates at the firm are still very high, some felt that there could be more communication around the process.
  • Salaries are thought to be slightly below those on offer at similar firms.
  • The responsibility given to trainees has a tendency to vary between departments.

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