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2019

"From my experience, the interviews are generally quite relaxed and the interviewers are more interested in getting to know you as a person and why you want to practice law rather than asking technical questions."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about how I had dealt with setbacks in life and what motivated me. I was also asked about current affairs and their impact on the legal industry."
Second year trainee, London
"Who would you bring to your ideal dinner party? Should the general public have been allowed to vote on Brexit? Why did you pick your degree?"
First year trainee, London
"Why am I suited to a role at Jones Day? What can I draw from my experiences which lead me to believe I am a good fit as a lawyer?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about my other work experience, why I wanted to do law, why Jones Day and about the non-rotational training system. I was also asked a lot about my extracurricular activities such as writing for the film section of my university magazine, sports and about my opinion on current affairs."
First year trainee, London

2018

"Why law and why Jones Day were two of the key questions. A trickier question was what I thought Jones Day was good at and where I thought it could improve."
First year trainee, London
"Questions were very wide ranging, from what my favourite film was to what I thought about mortgaging intellectual property rights. Most of them were on why I thought law and the firm were right for me, though."
First year trainee, London
"They were generally conversational questions."
First year trainee, London
"Interviews are fairly informal and based on your responses to questions in the application. There was little discussion of the law and more on my personal experiences etc."
First year trainee, London
"Why law and not other careers such as consulting? Why Jones Day? Why a global firm?"
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked questions about my CV and my motivations for working in law."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked a lot about my extracurricular activities and motivations. My training contract interview had a few more curveballs such as; what do you think of political correctness?"
Second year trainee, London
"The questions were more focused on me as a person rather than legal topics."
Second year trainee, London
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