Ludviginkatu 6, 00130 Helsinki | 0405765709 |

Bird & Bird is a truly 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 in order to help our clients achieve their commercial goals. We have over 1200 lawyers in 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, and a strong footprint in the Nordic region.

As an employer, we offer the opportunity to work in a challenging and rewarding environment where everyone is valued and appreciated. We are proud of our professional, efficient and friendly working environment and we are dedicated to upholding this atmosphere. For us, our employees are an invaluable asset and we invest in their professional development.​

If you are prepared to work in one of the leading business law firms in Finland, with an international approach, and you wish to gain first-class professional skills, we are happy to introduce you to 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 four 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. 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. Our Trainee programmes begin regularly nine times each year: in January, February, April, May, June, August, September, October and December.

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. To apply, please send your open application, CV and transcript of studies to Please also mention in your application which areas of business law your Thesis will relate to.


Revenue over 16 MEUR (Finland), over 350 MEUR (globally )

Amount of personnel 85

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 teamwork skills and eagerness to learn.​

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 good grades. However, most importantly we consider the overall background of the candidate.


We recruit 12-14 students on an annual basis.

We recruit 5 legal professionals on an annual basis.

We arrange one interview round.

We accept open applications at Please name the email subject as “Open application”.



Students are employed for fixed-term.

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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."

Ask for more details of our Trainee programmes:

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

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