Jones Day

The firm

Jones Day is a truly global law firm – probably the most integrated in the world. Our 2,500 lawyers across 43 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 200 London 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, 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

In our rare and distinctive non-rotational training system, you will seek and receive work from all departments at the same time, to provide flexibility, responsibility, faster development of potential and the opportunity to compare and contrast different disciplines alongside one another. Because you won’t move department every six months, you won’t miss the end of deals or trials you have worked on. 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 with whom you work. A rotating six month secondment to Dubai for one trainee is also available.

Trainee Rewards

These reflect the importance Jones Day attaches to the trainee role as well as the trainees’ contribution to the Firm’s business. Current (2018) salary rates and benefits (for indicative purposes and subject to changes or increases in line with the Firm’s annual salary review policy) are shown below:

Trainee Start: £50,000

12 months: £57,000

24 months (on qualification): £105,000

Who should apply

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 qualify with us. Around half of our London partners trained with the Firm. Successful candidates have a minimum 2.1 degree in any discipline, strong intellectual and analytical ability, good communication skills, and demonstrate resourcefulness, drive and dedication. 60% of our current trainees are non-law graduates and 35% were graduates/ postgraduates when they applied to us.

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 them. To apply for a training contract, apply for a placement scheme. Applications for our 2018/2019 placement schemes open from 1 September 2018 to 10 January 2019. Whilst we are currently recruiting for Training Contracts with start dates for September 2021, we may see fit to recruit into intakes with earlier start dates if places are available and suitable candidates are identified who can start sooner. We recruit on a rolling basis and cannot guarantee availability, so apply early. All our schemes are open to final year undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates and career changers from any degree discipline; and to penultimate year undergraduates undertaking a qualifying law degree.  

Our scheme dates (and application deadlines) are:

Winter: 3-14 December 2018 (closes 26 October 2018)

Spring: 25 March - 5 April 2019 (closes 14 December 2018)

Summer: 1-12 July 2019, and 15-26 July 2019 (closes 10 January 2019)

Come and meet us at a ‘Question Time’ event on campus or at our offices before you apply. Details and sign up can be found by clicking on the ‘find out more about us’ button at the top right of this page.



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