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About Jones Day

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs. Jones Day’s London office, drawing on the Firm’s rich heritage in M&A and litigation, has grown into our largest office outside the U.S. Jones Day’s work in the U.K.- helping clients with multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes relying on English law for their documentation and resolution - reflects the Firm’s vast cross-border transactional and disputes experience. Our 200 London-based lawyers collaborate within the U.K. and across our worldwide offices, to guide clients through the most demanding and complex global matters, including crossborder M&A, real estate, and finance transactions, as well as regulatory issues involving the U.K., U.S., and other authorities. Jones Day’s London lawyers also have extensive experience in business restructuring, competition/antitrust, corporate tax planning, employment and pensions, energy, intellectual property, and projects and infrastructure. 

Types of work

Jones Day’s London office, drawing on the Firm’s rich heritage in M&A and litigation, has grown into our largest office outside the U.S. Jones Day’s work in the U.K.- helping clients with multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes relying on English law for their documentation and resolution - reflects the Firm’s vast cross-border transactional and disputes experience. Our 200 London-based lawyers collaborate within the U.K. and across our worldwide offices, to guide clients through the most demanding and complex global matters, including cross-border M&A, real estate, and finance transactions, as well as regulatory issues involving the U.K., U.S., and other authorities. Jones Day’s London lawyers also have extensive experience in business restructuring, competition/antitrust, corporate tax planning, employment and pensions, energy, intellectual property, and projects and infrastructure. 

Who we are looking for 

We look for extraordinary individuals who are committed to a legal career, want to work on global matters and be challenged on an international platform, and who can become part of our future – not just train with us. Half our London partners trained with the Firm. You need a 2.1 degree in any discipline; strong intellectual and analytical ability; good communication skills; and to demonstrate resourcefulness, drive and dedication.  Apply for a placement if you are interested in training at Jones Day. We expect to recruit nearly all our trainees from our placement candidates. Applications open early on 1 September 2019. We recruit on a rolling basis and cannot guarantee availability. 

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 part of our 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.   

The Training Contract

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. 

Placement Schemes

Our two-week schemes reflect our nonrotational system. We want you to have an honest insight into what it’s like to be a trainee with us and whether our distinctive Training Contract will suit you. We expect to recruit all our trainees from these schemes – as we think it is important to try it first-hand. The experience is challenging, supportive, different and exciting. You can expect to undertake real work and the flexibility to seek work from any department, at any time and from any lawyer.  

Work placements 

Our placement schemes are the route to our way of training. Operating like mini-training contracts, you gain a real insight into life as a trainee at our elite, global law firm and how our unusual non-rotational training system works in practice. You’ll be given real work to do: not just a diet of seminars, visits, presentations, and group exercises.   We want our placement candidates to get a taste of how we operate in practice. You’ll receive work from trainees, associates and partners and you’ll be encouraged to introduce yourself to lawyers in the Firm with a view to experiencing work you think you might be interested in and enjoy. You’ll also meet a range of lawyers at various social events throughout the two weeks. These are fantastic opportunities to meet people and get to know the Firm better.  At the end of your two-week scheme, we want you to go away with a real feeling of having been involved in the work of a truly global law firm in the City of London. You will have a clear picture of what being a trainee at Jones Day will be like and how our training system works

Applications

Our application process is a simple online cover letter and CV - no supplemental questions, psychometric tests, video interviews or assessment days. Candidates are selected for interview with 2 senior lawyers. Check your eligibility on our website, attend a recruitment event if you can and apply online from 1 September. We fill schemes on a rolling basis so don’t wait for the deadline. Applications open early on 1 September 2019.  

Closing date (training contracts)  10/01/19. We recruit mainly through our placement schemes.

Closing date (vacation placements) 25/10/19 (Winter); 13/12/19 (Spring); 10/01/20 (Summer). We recruit on a rolling basis. Apply early.

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    London, Continental Europe, Asia, USA, Latin America, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
    Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
    20

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