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Formal Training

7.7 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There is a relatively comprehensive programme that involves one or two training sessions each week covering different departments. Some sessions are more useful than others and some focus on what kind of work a department does while others focus on skills."
Second year trainee, London
"The non-rotational system requires trainees to be proactive and seek advice from the associate or partner they are working for when they are unsure or need help solving an issue. I think this has helped me develop more quickly than I would have at a firm with a standard rotational system as trainees here are not spoon fed. This means you really have to understand the deal and its context in order to be successful at working independently."
First year trainee, London
"The non-rotational system effectively allows you to try things once or start working in a particular area or deal right at the beginning and follow it through for two years. The firm has also worked hard to put in place more of the formal document and precedent training we find useful and have asked for."
First year trainee, London
"Definitely know the experience I'm getting is above and beyond what other trainees are getting."
First year trainee, London
"As first year trainees we had training 'continuums' from lawyers in the London office every week. Associate training is often led by partners around the world via Skype. The continuum is a firm training programme for lawyers throughout their career at Jones Day."
Second year trainee, London
"We've got training sessions coming out of our ears. They're good, but could be considered overkill. Not a week goes by where there aren't two seminars to attend. They can be difficult to fit in when you've a mountain of work to get through."
Second year trainee, London
"For me, the non-rotational system works. I know and recognise it's not for everyone, but I actually think it works for a wider range of people than a traditional seat system. It allows you to really get a good grounding in as many areas as you like. If that doesn't appeal to you, you can be truly embedded in your chosen practise area as soon as you have ticked the SRA's training boxes. It's very flexible."
Second year trainee, London
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