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Training Programme

Salary notes: 
1st year £52,000, 2nd year £59,000, newly qualified £105,000
Job/scheme locations: 
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

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.

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 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.


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. 

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More about this vacancy

Number of vacancies: 
Life assurance, Pension scheme (with company contribution), Private healthcare, Season ticket loan
Extra benefits: 
Ride to work cycle schemes, subsidised cafe and in-house gym.