Jones Day is a truly global law firm. Our 2,500 lawyers across 44 major business and finance centres worldwide have vast transactional and contentious experience. Our 220 London lawyers, including around 60 partners and 40 trainees, have a sophisticated understanding of risk and guide clients through their toughest challenges.
The firm operates a unique, non-rotational system of training which is designed to provide freedom, flexibility and responsibility from the start. Our trainees work across different practice areas concurrently and are encouraged to assume their own workload.
This allows for early responsibility, faster development of potential and the opportunity to compare and contrast different disciplines alongside one another. As our trainees do not move to a different department every six months, they don’t miss the end of deals or trials that they have worked on. Work will vary from small cases, which trainees may handle alone (under the supervision of a senior lawyer), to matters where they will assist a partner or an associate solicitor. The firm runs a structured training programme with a regular schedule of seminars to support the thorough practical training.
Who should apply
Candidates should have obtained or be predicted at least a 2.1 degree in any discipline and AAA/36 at A level/1B. We look for candidates who are committed to a legal career; want to work on global deals and want to become partners of the future, not just qualify with us. Successful candidates have strong intellectual and analytical ability, good communication skills, and can demonstrate resourcefulness, drive, dedication and the ability to be a team player.
These reflect the importance Jones Day attaches to the trainee role as well as the trainees' contribution to the firm's business. Current (2016) salary rates and benefits (for indicative purposes and subject to changes or increase in line with the firm's annual review policy) are shown opposite.
When to apply
We mainly recruit our trainees through our placement schemes but sometimes will make exceptions for those who are unable to complete them. Whilst we are currently recruiting for Training Contracts with start dates for September 2019, 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.
For September 2019: penultimate year law students, final-year law and non-law students, graduates and postgraduates - all apply from 1st September 2016.
Application deadline: 13th January 2017.
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