Jones Day Trainee Recruitment

Vacation Schemes/Training Contracts – Apply from 1 September

Jones Day is a truly global law firm – probably the most integrated in the world. Our 2,500 lawyers across 43 locations worldwide have vast transactional and contentious experience and are at the forefront of globalisation and the advancement of the rule of law. In London, our 200 lawyers (including around 60 partners and 40 trainees) have a sophisticated understanding of risk and draw on specialist insights and skills from across the globe to guide clients through their toughest challenges.

Jones Day enthusiastically endorses equal opportunity and diligently pursues it. We hire, mentor and promote extraordinarily talented women, people of colour, members of the LGBT community and those who are disadvantaged or disabled; and use their unusual strength and experiences to improve the service to our clients and atmosphere of our Firm.

Our London lawyers address the most demanding and complex global matters: including cross-border M&A; real estate and finance transactions (including banking, capital markets, investment funds, private equity and structured finance); global disputes; and regulatory matters involving the UK, US and other authorities. Additional specialist areas include business restructuring; competition/antitrust; corporate criminal investigations; corporate tax planning; energy; employment and pensions; intellectual property; and projects and infrastructure.

As leaders in cross-border M&A and global disputes, we look for extraordinary individuals who are committed to a legal career, want to be challenged on an international platform, and can become partners of the future, not just train with us. We train to retain. Around half our London partners trained with the Firm.

You don't need a background in law. Over half our trainees are non-law graduates and several have postgraduate degrees in non-law disciplines.

You will need a 2.1 degree, AAA/36 at A level/IB or equivalent (though we make exceptions), strong intellectual and analytical ability, good communication skills, and to demonstrate resourcefulness, drive and dedication.

The Firm operates a rare and distinctive, non-rotational training system designed to provide flexibility, responsibility, faster development of potential and the opportunity to compare and contrast different disciplines alongside one another. You will seek and receive work from all departments at the same time throughout your two year training period. Since you won't move department every six months, you won’t miss the end of deals or trials you have worked on. Your work will vary from small cases which you may handle alone (under the supervision of a senior lawyer) to larger matters where you will assist a partner or an associate solicitor. The Firm runs a structured seminar programme to support the practical teaching you will receive from associates and partners you work with.

We sponsor our trainees through the GDL and LPC and offer a maintenance grant of £9,000 per year.

These reflect the importance Jones Day attaches to the trainee role as well as the trainees' contribution to the Firm’s business. Current salary rates (for indicative purposes and subject to changes or increases in line with the Firm’s annual review policy) are shown opposite.

Each year, we offer 72 places on our two-week placement schemes and pay an allowance of £400 per week. Our work placement schemes are the route to our way of training. Operating like mini training contracts, you will see how the Firm’s unusual, non-rotational training system works in practice by taking on real work from a variety of practice areas.

You are eligible if you are a final year student, graduate or postgraduate of any discipline, or (after this year) still have one more year to complete of a qualifying law degree. You don't need to be in undergraduate study. Around 30% of our trainees were graduates, postgraduates or career changers when they applied to us.

Apply online for a placement. We won't ask you for any supplemental questions, psychometric tests, video interviews or assessment days. We select for interview with 2 partners. If successful, you attend our placement scheme and interview for a training contract.

Applications for our 2017/8 placement schemes open 1 September 2017. Whilst we will then be recruiting for training contracts with start dates for September 2020, we may see fit to recruit into intakes with earlier start dates if places are available and we identify suitable candidates who can start sooner.

We recruit on a rolling basis, so apply early as we cannot guarantee availability. Final deadlines are 27 October 2017 (Winter scheme); 15 December 2017 (Spring scheme); 10 January 2018 (Summer scheme).

Alex Sprake - Jones Day (2016) trainee

Killian Kiely Interview, Jones Day


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