Jones Day

The firm

Jones Day is a truly global law firm. Our 2,500 lawyers across 44 locations in major business and finance centres worldwide have vast transactional and contentious experience and are at the forefront of globalisation and the advancement of the rule of law. Our strengths in London reflect those of the Firm: our 220 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.

Types of work

London’s critical financial centre is a magnet for multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes which rely on English Law for their documentation and resolution. Our London lawyers are perfectly placed to 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; employment & pensions; intellectual property; and projects & infrastructure.

Training programme

The Firm operates a unique, non-rotational training system (whereby trainees receive work simultaneously from all departments) to provide flexibility, responsibility, faster development of potential and the opportunity to compare and contrast different disciplines alongside one another. As our trainees do not move department every six months, they don’t miss the end of deals or trials they have worked on. Work will vary from small cases which trainees may handle alone (under the supervision of a senior lawyer) to larger matters where they will assist a partner or an associate solicitor. The Firm runs a structured seminar programme to support the practical teaching trainees receive from associates and partners with whom they work.

Key application information

We mainly recruit through our placement schemes in the Winter, Spring and Summer vacations; but sometimes will make exceptions for those who are unable to complete our schemes. To apply for a training contract, apply for a placement scheme.

Applications for our 2016/2017 placement schemes open from 1 September 2016 to 13 January 2017. Whilst we will then be recruiting for training contracts with start dates for September 2019, we may see fit to recruit into intakes with sooner start dates if places are available and suitable candidates are identified who are able to start sooner. We recruit on a rolling basis, so cannot guarantee availability. Apply early.

All our schemes are open to final year undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates and career changers from any degree discipline. Our schemes are also open to penultimate year undergraduates undertaking a qualifying law degree.

Our scheme dates (and application deadlines) are:

Winter: 5-16 December 2016 (closes 28 October 2016).

Spring: 20 -31 March 2017 (closes 16 December 2016).

Summer: 3-14 July 2017; and 17-28 July 2017 (close 13 January 2017).

Come and meet us at a "Question Time" event on campus or at our offices before you apply.

Details are on our careers website and Facebook page

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Graduate profiles

Daniel Moore –

The moment I realised Jones Day, above all the others, was the firm I wanted to join came at the end of my vacation scheme interview. I was asked if I had any questions. Just as I am sure you will... Read more

Karl S. Moussalli – First Year Trainee (2015/2016)

Why Jones Day?

Experiencing many areas of law before qualification is an incredibly valuable opportunity that shouldn’t be taken for granted. It was without doubt the mainspring that led... Read more

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