Bird & Bird is an international law firm which supports organisations being changed by technology or the digital world. You can find our 30 offices in 20 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North America. We are a diverse and equal workforce of altogether 2900 lawyers and other professionals working seamlessly together as a one firm. In Finland, we employ over 100 skilled people. Our lawyers work in an array of practice areas, complemented by our industry-focused sector groups.

As an employer, we love to see you being you. In one of our lawyer’s words: “I like to work at Bird & Bird because you do not need to ‘role play’ that you are a lawyer.” We want to support our employees’ personal and professional development by offering different training and development activities such as our comprehensive Nordic Professional Development Programme. Our deep legal and industry-focused knowledge, international reach and inclusive culture make us a great place for your legal career to thrive. To learn more about us, please visit our Career site.

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Our trainee programmes
Junior Trainee

Our Junior Trainee programme is designed for students who are at the early stage of their law studies. As a Junior Trainee you can easily combine your work and studies by working part-time approximately 2 days per week. Together with your Junior Trainee colleagues, you will assist Bird & Bird lawyers, business service staff and Trainees. Your main duties will include diverse office work. Our Junior Trainee programme is a great opportunity for you to get a front row seat to the everyday life at one of the leading law firms in Finland and to gain treasured work experience alongside your studies.


The Trainee programme consists of 5-6 intensive months during which you will work as a full-time Trainee. The purpose of the programme is to give you an overview of Bird & Bird as well as offer you an opportunity to try your ‘birdie’ wings in practising commercial business law. You will work for various practice groups assisting the firm’s lawyers in diverse and challenging assignments. As we think it is important for you to start looking for your future field of specialisation in commercial business law, we also aim to give you an opportunity to work more closely with one of our practice groups at the later stage of your traineeship. Your duties will include similar work as our newly graduated lawyers do, for example, drafting legal documentation and collecting information regarding a wide variety of issues. You will be supported by your Trainee colleagues and an assigned personal tutor, who will guide you through your entire traineeship.

Thesis Trainee

As a Thesis Trainee you will have the firm’s extensive knowledge services as well as support from our experts across all jurisdictions at your fingertips. You will spend 2-4 months with us, focusing solely in the writing process with the support of your tutor. Nominated tutor is an experienced senior lawyer, who will guide you through the writing process. Your thesis can be either local or international – with us only the sky is the limit. During the traineeship you are welcome to participate in our trainings as well as our social events and become a full member of the twobirds-family! Thesis Trainee will also be payed compensation. We welcome applications all year round. Please note, that we expect you to be in the project phase of your studies and your Thesis topic should relate to our expertise areas of business law.

Basic information

Revenue over 17 MEUR (Finland), over 350 MEUR (globally)

Amount of personnel 105

We employ students in Helsinki

We offer the full remit of legal expertise. We’re involved in a broad range of sectors, from Aerospace, Defence & Security, Automotive, Aviation, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Media, Entertainment and Sport, Retail and Consumer and Technology & Communications.


What kind of experience do you expect from the candidates?

We value motivated candidates with good social and co-operation skills and eagerness to learn. Proactive attitude and braveness to fly.

Required or favoured languages

We expect good command in Finnish and English. Other language skills we consider as a plus.

What kind of value do you put on grades?

We value engaged employees who burn for learning more and always seek to do their best.


We recruit 20-25 students on an annual basis.

We recruit 5-10 legal professionals on an annual basis.

We arrange one 1-2 interview rounds depending on the position.

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Students are employed for fixed-term.

Monimuotoinen asiantuntijuus

Nykymuotoinen asiantuntijatyö vaatii osaamisen laajentamista myös oikeudellisen maailman ulkopuolelle. Juristin onkin hanskattava konteksti, jossa hän harjoittaa juristin ammattiaan. Työssä korostuvat myös vuorovaikutus ja työelämätaidot, kuten oman työn johtaminen. Millainen se juristin muotti sitten oikein on vai onko sellaista?

The following has been said by our Trainees

“The topmost impression of my traineeship is the relaxed atmosphere. I have probably never laughed as much as I did – thanks to my colleagues with whom we handled even the tightest schedules with humour. In addition to being an internationally recognised law firm, Bird & Bird is also a fun place to work where every ‘birdie’s’ effort is valued.”

“The atmosphere at Bird & Bird is relaxed and supportive, people extremely friendly and genuinely helpful, and it has been very easy to become a part of the team. The trainees also work for several different practice areas, which makes it possible to improve yourself in several fields of law and brings variety to the working days. I have gained a lot of experience and gathered several funny memories during my time at Bird & Bird and due to the varying assignments within different practice areas I am now more aware of what I want to specialize in in the future. “

“It was great to work in an international and welcoming atmosphere without being placed on any one particular practice group. Hence the assignments I completed on a daily basis were very diverse, which kept things interesting.”

Contact us

Maija Fast
HR Manager, Bird & Bird
Mob +358 50 475 5080
Tel +358 9 622 6670

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