More than 200 Jones Day lawyers work in the heart of London's financial centre. Our strengths in London reflect the Firm's rich heritage in, and vast experience of, cross-border disputes and transactions. We advise Firm clients all over the world on their multijurisdictional deals and cases which rely on English law for their documentation and resolution.
We demand teamwork across offices and practices and between lawyers, and deliver award winning client service across the globe.
For lawyers coming to Jones Day, this means an exciting career, working without rivalry or competition, alongside more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices and 18 different jurisdictions. New lawyers have the opportunity to be involved in demanding and complex matters, advising multinational clients encountering globalized challenges.
Watch this video to go behind the scenes with some of our trainees and find out more about the office atmosphere.
Training in London
It doesn't matter to us whether you are a graduate, postgraduate, or coming from a different career, which University you went to, or whether you read law or not at University. We seek the best and recruit to retain.
Academic achievements are important: we expect at least a 2:1 University degree. But we are equally as interested in the person you are and the lawyer you can become.
We want our trainees to have understood and enjoy our distinctive, non-rotational training system, the global nature of our work and our culture.
We treat you as part of the Firm from the moment you accept a Training Contract offer with us and will stay in touch and support you through Law School until you arrive at the office on your first day as a trainee.
A word from Emily Stew, Partner in our Financial Markets practice & Graduate Recruitment Partner
I am often asked why I chose this Firm for my training over 13 years ago and why I have stayed throughout my professional career. Without doubt what first attracted me was the flexibility of the non-rotational training system. Back then, I had no idea what area of law I wanted to specialize in, so a training contract which gave me the flexibility to work across departments on several matters at the same time and see them through to the end was a fantastic opportunity.
Once here, I found that the non-rotational training system creates a great atmosphere in the office. If partners and associates rely on trainees “walking the floors” to hand out work, they keep their doors open, value trainees’ contributions and personally invest in them. As a result, you feel the atmosphere is collegiate – the training system would not work if it were not.
The office has also always had, and continues to be involved in, high quality, challenging work. Since my first day as a trainee, I’ve felt privileged to work on complex transactions for global clients across multiple jurisdictions.
The practice of law is a profession, not just a business, and Jones Day is a legal institution which places client service ahead of anything else; but it is still a meritocracy where people are rewarded well if they work hard and pull together to improve the overall performance of the Firm worldwide.
Emily Stew, Hiring Partner.
Keran Hampson, Administrative Services Manager, Staff and Legal Support. Submit CV and cover letter via email.
21 Tudor Street
London, EC4Y 0DJ
We do things a little differently here, and it really works for us. The non-rotational training contract is integral to our culture and success and the benefits are felt at every level.
How It’s Different
Unlike traditional training contracts, Jones Day trainees are not assigned to ‘seats’. Instead they have the freedom to seek work across practices with any partner or team throughout their two years of training. In the absence of a rigid seat system, trainees have heightened responsibility to mould their experience and manage their time. Our trainees are quickly integrated into various teams across the Firm and gain unparalleled exposure to different areas of law.
Sharing an office with a fellow trainee is a great base to begin this journey. We believe the right mix of responsibility and support leaves our trainees with a valuable grounding to excel in their legal career.
Many of our partners trained here too, so they understand what it takes to make our system work. As a trainee, you’ll find them easy to approach and eager to work with you.
"The Non-Rotational Training system has developed my communication and organisation skills tenfold, and I am confident it has made me into a more mature, experienced and well-rounded lawyer.”
Why It’s Different
Jones Day trainees can influence their own mix of work, experience real responsibility and truly accelerate their development.
- See deals and cases from beginning to end. You will never have to drop an interesting case or deal to move on to another department.
- Develop strong client bonds, working closely with clients from the offset.
- Receive well- rounded training, assisting with all aspects of a transaction. There are no set ‘trainee’ tasks to hold you back.
- Hone your technical skills as a lawyer, learning different styles and techniques from many lawyers. Enjoy a seamless transition through to qualification so that your first day as a qualified lawyer feels like your last as a trainee.
- Worry about the lottery of seat allocation.
- Do six months' intensive training in a practice you've decided is not for you.
- "Belong" to one partner or supervisor.
- Drop an interesting case/deal to move onto another seat.
Take it from one of our current trainees..
“I have really enjoyed my training contract so far, although it has certainly been a rigorous and challenging experience. I think this is the case for all training contracts at top City firms, but at Jones Day this is even more so the case because we are responsible for directing our own workload. Yet this challenge has also been what I have enjoyed most about training at Jones Day – we are given the responsibility and also the freedom to seek out work in our areas of interest, which means I have not been assigned to a ‘seat’ I don’t enjoy for six months. It has enabled me to sample a wide breadth of work in a range of areas I would not have experienced working at another Firm. It has developed my communication and organisation skills tenfold, and I am confident it has made me into a more mature, experienced and well-rounded lawyer.” Second-year trainee, London
A Placement Scheme is your opportunity to spend some serious time interviewing us; and our opportunity to get to know you. Our placements in the Winter, Spring and Summer vacations replicate our Training Contract as much as possible and have an emphasis on the authentic trainee experience. The experience is challenging, but gives you a real insight into life at our Firm.
We recruit nearly all our trainees from our Placement Schemes. If you enjoy your time with us, and we see your potential, it's the way to secure a Training Contract and your future with at Jones Day.
What to Expect on a Scheme
We want to get a full picture of your potential as a future lawyer and therefore review feedback from all aspects of your scheme. We give you the opportunity to show a variety of skills we are looking for. Throw yourself into the experience and try not to focus on the assessment process too much!
Research, drafting, preparing documents, attending client meetings and conference calls, visiting court - not just a series of workshops and seminars.
Flexibility to try out work from any practice area. We encourage you to experience a real mix to help you discover where your strengths and interests lie.
Our lawyers are always available to share their knowledge, expertise and advice to the next generation . Use this experience to find out what it’s really like to work at our Firm and be a City Solicitor.
A trainee mentor and a more senior associate mentor to answer your questions, offer advice and guidance, and help you settle in.
Several opportunities to come to know people in the Firm on a social level as we organise lunches, dinners and ice breaker activities.
Opportunities to meet with lawyers and the Graduate Recruitment team throughout your scheme to reflect and discuss ways to make the most of your time. We are always on hand to help.
If it is not possible for us to run a scheme at our offices because of the restrictions and government guidelines around COVID-19, the scheme will take place online for the reduced period of one-week.
All of our schemes, whether virtual or in-person, are designed to give you an insight into working at our Firm and are the assessment process for our Training Contract vacancies. Our virtual schemes have been tailored to provide a realistic view of a working week of a trainee and an introduction to the Firm.
What to expect on a Virtual Scheme
A key component which mirrors our non-rotational style of training. Virtual schemes give you the flexibility to try work from any department, so you can experience a wide range of practices and meet many lawyers in the Firm. All tasks are based on real trainee work, which provide a unique opportunity to use a variety of skills required of our trainees.
You will be afforded the responsibility to juggle your own workload and mould your scheme to reflect your interests, meaning each candidate’s experience is unique. You will learn how to manage your time just as a trainee would, in between your scheduled events.
Interactive practice area insights and skills workshops are an important part of learning about the Firm. We aim to leave you with a real understanding of the work we do and an honest look into the interesting careers of our lawyers.
A trainee mentor will be on hand to help settle you in, answer your questions and offer advice and guidance. The Graduate Recruitment team will also be available to speak to openly about your experience and support you throughout the process.
It’s important to get to know our people too – which is why we incorporate opportunities to get to know your scheme cohort and our lawyers on a more social level.
Scheme attendees will receive an allowance of £500 per week.
Winter: 7 - 11 or 14 - 18 December 2020 (Virtual Scheme) (Deadline 30 October 2020)
Spring: 12 - 16 April 2021 (Deadline 8 January 2021)
Summer: 5 - 16 July 2021 (scheme 1) and 19 - 30 July 2021 (scheme 2) (Deadline 8 January 2021)
“I found the vacation scheme at Jones Day to be invaluable in giving me a taste of not only real work, but a realistic idea of what life as a trainee at Jones Day is like. Given the non-rotational structure of the training contract, it is an essential experience to see if the rather unique structure works for you. I was given tasks that contributed to live, ongoing work at the Firm which made me feel immediately involved and showed me that they truly value the input of those on the vacation scheme. This approach mirrors how trainees are treated; our work contribution matters and feeds directly to the client. It’s a great feeling as a junior lawyer!” First-year Trainee, London
It is important to us that every trainee feels supported and encouraged to fulfill their potential. We recognize that the freedom our training system affords works best within a supportive and collaborative environment. Support is provided in a variety of ways:
Learning by actually doing the work is the best form of training. We expect our trainees to seek out feedback from all senior associates and partners with whom they have worked.
Seminars & Courses
|New Lawyer Academy in Washington
The induction week in London is supplemented by a week-long trip to Washington D.C. to attend the New Lawyer Academy. New lawyers assemble from our offices around the world to meet and network with each other and learn what it means to be One Firm Worldwide. Our Firm leaders, partners and associates talk to the new lawyers about Jones Day's culture, history, organisation and achievements and lead substantive and interactive training sessions. Every year our new lawyers take away from the Academy a sense of great pride and excitement about being part of the Firm.
To ensure trainees have the full experience of each practice area of interest, checklists containing key technical and practice skills related to each area must be completed. Each checklist must be signed off by an assigned partner once satisfied and trainees must complete at least three checklists, one of which must include contentious practice skills. Checklist progress is monitored regularly to give trainees the opportunity to reflect.
We conduct formal appraisals every six months during the training contract. Our appraisal process is competency-based and focuses on the Practice Skills Standards identified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as well as personal effectiveness.
Hear what our trainees have to say about our Support Programme and the collaborative culture.
Rewards & Benefits
Trainee Rewards reflect the importance Jones Day attaches to the trainee role as well as the trainees' contribution to the Firm's business. Current salary rates and benefits (for indicative purposes and subject to changes or increases in line with the Firm's annual salary review policy) are shown below.
Start at £52,000
After 12 months: £59,000
On qualification: £100,000
Include five weeks' holiday a year, private healthcare, season ticket loan, group personal pension plan, salary sacrifice schemes and life assurance.
Law School Sponsorship
Jones Day will pay your fees to undertake face to face tuition for each of the PGDL and Fast Track - LPC at BPP law school in London - as well as a maintenance grant of £10,000 for each of the PGDL and the Fast Track - LPC.
Six month Gap
The Fast Track - LPC at BPP Law School takes place between mid August and end February each year, but our 12 month maintenance grant of £10,000 remains unchanged; so you can choose how to spend your remaining 6 months before your Training Contract commences in early September.
If you secure a Training Contract with us prior to starting law school, you will study the PGDL (for non-law graduates) and Fast-Track LPC at BPP Law School. We will pay your course fees and provide a maintenance grant for each academic year.
Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)
Non-law graduates require an extra year of study to obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL).
The PGDL is a one-year course (if studied full-time) that all non-law and overseas graduates are required to complete successfully before starting the vocational stage of training. It may be possible for students to claim a full or partial exemption from the PGDL if they have passed corresponding subjects within a degree programme.
If you have completed a law degree in an international jurisdiction that is not recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors Regulation Authority you, too, will need to complete the PGDL. This will include those studying law in Scotland and Ireland who have not studied English Land Law during their degree.
Legal Practice Course (LPC)
Before you can start a Training Contract with us, you must have completed the LPC - a vocational course that all future lawyers must complete before they can commence their Training Contract.
If you secure a Training Contract with us prior to completing the LPC, you will study the Fast Track LPC at BPP Law School in an exclusive Jones Day class. This compressed, full time, 6.5 month course (from mid-August to end-February each year) leaves you 6 months before you start your Training Contract with us in September to spend as you wish. Because you will be in an exclusive Jones Day class, you will progress quickly and develop strong bonds with your new colleagues, building friendships that will serve you well when you join us as trainees.
In addition to the compulsory subjects, students must study three elective subjects. Jones Day requires its sponsored students to opt for the following LPC electives: Private Acquisitions; Corporate Finance; Commercial Law and Intellectual Property.
Things are changing
The SQE is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, a new route to becoming a qualified lawyer. This will be introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) from September 2021 at the earliest. At this stage, we (and other firms) are waiting for the SRA to clarify the SQE assessments and timings, and considering the best approach for our specific training needs. Once the SQE is in place we will continue to offer the best possible training and support to prepare our trainees for work at the Firm.
We will update this page as we are able to confirm our plans for the SQE. Monitor this page and current news to keep updated on developments.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE APPLYING
An application for a 2021/2022 Placement Scheme is also an application for a Training Contract commencing September 2024 – as we expect to recruit all of our trainees from our pool of scheme candidates. We do not offer a direct training contract application route. This is because we believe it is essential for candidates to understand and experience our distinctive training contract structure.
Any final year students, graduates, postgraduates and career changers from law or non-law backgrounds can apply for any scheme. Penultimate year students of qualifying law degrees can also apply for any scheme.
You need a 2.1 degree (gained or predicted). We do not have minimum school grade requirements. We have integrated Rare's contextual recruitment system into our recruitment process to better understand an applicant’s potential in the context in which their experiences have been gained (including in the context of their school's average student attainment) in order to hire from the widest talent possible. There is also opportunity to tell us any mitigating circumstances on the application form that have led to lower than expected performance.
Other students including first years: please meet us at one of our events, enjoy your early years at University, and apply when eligible.
Applications open on 1 October.
We recruit on a rolling basis so please be aware of our application windows and apply as soon as possible after applications open to avoid disappointment.
When applying, you can list your first and second choice of scheme. If a scheme if full, you will automatically be considered for a place on a later scheme.
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Stage 1 - Register and apply
You must register through our web page to apply for any position within Jones Day.
Before you start your application, we will ask you some questions to ensure (a) you are eligible to apply for our Placement Schemes and Training Contract and (b) we can assess your application accurately and fairly in the context of your educational and personal circumstances.
After the pre-screen stage, we will ask you to register your personal details, complete the online application form, and include a cover letter and referee details.
Stage 2 - Application reviewed by Graduate Recruitment Manager
Once you submit your application, we will acknowledge its receipt immediately by e-mail. Your application will then be screened and a decision will be made about whether to invite you to interview.
Stage 3 - Academic reference requested
We will probably request an academic reference to help us to make a decision as to whether to invite you to interview. We ask that referees respond within 10 days and it helps if you ensure your referee is available.
Stage 4 - Interview
If successful, you will be invited to an interview with two senior lawyers, which will take place in person or online between October and March. All interviews, whether in-person or online, are an opportunity for you to express your genuine interest in a legal career, why you believe Jones Day is the firm for you and more generally your interests and motivations. Our interviewers are keen to hear all about you. You will also have the opportunity to have a chat with a trainee beforehand. We do not give assessment exercises or written tests to any of our candidates.
Stage 5 - Placement Scheme offer
If successful at interview, you will be invited to join one of our Placement Schemes which will form the assessment for a Training Contract position. Of course, your approach to our work tasks is an important part of the assessment, but we will also be assessing your general effectiveness on the scheme, from communicating with our lawyers to working with the other scheme candidates. We ultimately want to see whether you would be suited to our distinctive training system.
Stage 6 - Training Contract offer
Candidates from each scheme will be selected for a Training Contract offer. We have to make some difficult decisions as the standard on all of our schemes is very high and we recruit in small numbers. Regardless of the outcome, our scheme will provide you with a unique insight into life at a global law firm which will enhance your CV.
Our events are open to all, whatever your year of study or graduation and whether you are from a law or non-law background. We recruit from a wide pool of students, graduates, postgraduates and career changers. It’s never too late or too early if you are serious about a career in a global law firm.
Details of the University Law Fairs, 'Question Time' events, and career workshops we have booked for the academic year 2021-22 will be listed below and regularly updated over the Autumn Term. They will also be advertised on our Facebook page and with the relevant University careers department so follow us on Facebook and sign up with your University Careers service to be sure you don't miss out.
We also organise many of our events directly with University student law societies. Sign up with your University Law Society President to stay up to date.
Our 'Question Times' are interactive Q&A's and networking events (not recruitment presentations) so are fantastic opportunities to hear from a panel of trainees, associates and partners. We want you to quiz them directly about their first-hand experiences of working in our global law firm and training in our distinctive, non-rotational system.
You will also learn more about our Placement Schemes in the Winter, Spring and Summer holidays, the real work you will undertake, what we look for in the candidates we select, and when and how to apply.
Please return to this page in Summer 2021 with information about our upcoming events and how to register.
At Jones Day, diversity is not only enthusiastically endorsed, but diligently pursued. Diversity makes us better and helps us deliver the service our clients expect. By mentoring and promoting individuals irrespective of background, we leverage the distinct strength and experiences of an exceptionally talented group of lawyers, while enhancing the atmosphere of our Firm.
Jones Day's demonstrated commitment to diversity does not stop with recruitment. We are committed to making meaningful progress on diversity in the legal profession; to increasing diversity within the Firm; and to recruiting, retaining, and promoting the best talent, from all backgrounds.
We are proud of our accomplishments and we remain unwaveringly optimistic about the Firm because of our people, who allow us to tap the true potential of our global organisation.
Affinity groups supporting Women, LGBTQ+ and BAME bring together employees with shared experiences or backgrounds to provide support, training, and networking opportunities.
Our partnership with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) provides internships and training to top-calibre undergraduates from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Rare’s contextual recruitment system (CRS), integrated into our recruitment of graduate trainees, helps us better identify candidates with true potential regardless of circumstance.
Our Legal Apprenticeship Programme, one of the first in the City of London, offers high-achieving candidates wanting to avoid University debt the opportunity to enter the workplace straight from school and qualify as solicitors (with a law degree) after 7 years of earning and learning.
Our Aspiring Professionals Programme works directly with state schools in under privileged neighbourhoods and with charities such as the Social Mobility Foundation to help students from under-represented and low-income backgrounds who want professional careers gain access to leading universities and enter careers in global professional businesses like Jones Day.
Learn more at Jones Day's dedicated Diversity page.
Jones Day is proud of its long tradition of pro bono work. The mission of the Jones Day Foundation is to:
- Promote the rule of law everywhere
- Support academic, medical, and cultural institutions with which we share a history, values, and commitments
- Improve living conditions & economic opportunities for people in impoverished settings (particularly children & women)
- Provide support & comfort to people who are victims of natural & other disasters
In London, our active pro bono practice enables lawyers to use their legal skills to help individuals and non-profit organisations both in the UK and internationally.
Some of our key projects include:
Amicus and Reprieve: providing legal support to advocates whose clients are on death row in various parts of the world.
LawWorks: providing advice to UK clients on wide ranging matters such as dispute resolution, corporate restructuring and real estate.
Waterloo Legal Advice Centre: a long standing relationship in which we voluntarily provide financial, administrative and organisational support, on a weekly basis. Every week, our volunteers advise individuals living in the local areas, who cannot afford to pay for legal counsel and do not qualify for Legal Aid, on their everyday legal problems. We also regularly advise non-profit institutions.
The Jones Day Refugee Project: ensures that the most vulnerable in our societies have access to justice and remain protected by international legal principles. Our lawyers work in Europe together with the non-governmental organization HIAS., most recently at the Moria Camp in Lesvos, Greece, to provide free legal aid to several thousands of refugees who have fled war torn countries and endured terrible hardship and personal tragedy. In March 2017, Jones Day established a full-time presence near Laredo, Texas, aiming to provide representation to women with claims for immigration relief in the Laredo detention facility. Jones Day’s presence in Laredo has radically expanded the access of detainees to legal assistance.
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law: a collaboration which creates a programme of international events and researchto promote and enhance the rule of law worldwide.
African Prisons Project: built a children's library and youth centre in Lang'ata Women's Prison in Kenya.
Visit the Pro Bono section of our main website to learn more about the worldwide Firm’s pro bono philosophy and global community involvement.
A. Approximately 15 each September.
Q. Am I at a disadvantage if I am studying a non-law degree?
A. No. Approximately 60% of our trainee intakes year on year have studied a non-law degree. Often, these candidates can bring a different perspective and interesting skills which can be applied to legal work. Just make sure you can give genuine reasons as to why you want a career in law.
A. Approximately 30%. We review every application on its own merit and recognize valuable experience and academics at any stage.
A. Throughout the training contract and particularly in the second year, trainees begin the process by discussing their areas of interest with the Training Principal, who, alongside the Graduate Recruitment team, will support each trainee through the process. We endeavour to retain as many trainees as we possibly can each year and work closely with our practice area leaders.
A. In short, no. Our schemes are designed to assess your suitability for a Training Contract at our Firm and to give you a realistic insight into what it’s like to be a trainee, whether that’s working in the office or remotely. Our Training Contract vacancies are filled on a rolling basis throughout the course of the year, after each Scheme. So, if you are available for the Virtual Scheme dates and ready to submit your application, there is no reason you shouldn’t select a Virtual Scheme as your preference.
A. Please come and meet us at one of our Events/Question Times at your University, our London office or virtually. We do not offer work placement opportunities or insight days to students in their early years at University.
A. As we process applications as they arrive, the earlier you apply the earlier you would be invited to interview if successful. Because we recruit on a rolling basis, we can fill our places for some schemes before we have been able to consider all applications. Therefore, yes, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible after applications open and well before the deadline.
Q. Are there any Placement Scheme opportunities in your overseas offices?
A. Not at present. If you are interested in opportunities abroad please contact/visit the website of the relevant overseas office.
A. 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. Half our London partners trained with the Firm. Successful candidates have obtained or are predicted a 2.1 degree in any discipline; have strong intellectual and analytical ability; good communication skills; and can demonstrate resourcefulness, drive, dedication and the ability to be a team player.
Q. What if I haven't done very well in my exams?
A. Our minimum academic criteria for degree results is a 2.1 (or equivalent) predicted or gained. We do not have minimum grade boundaries for A-levels, GCSEs or equivalent, and prefer to review applications as a whole and in the context of each candidates circumstances. There is a section on the application form to explain any mitigating circumstances which have led to lower than expected performance.
Q. What format does the interview take?
A: It is not our policy to reassess candidates who have previously interviewed or attended a Placement Scheme with us and been unsuccessful in their application. Whilst we do not preclude candidates from re-applying if they have not previously interviewed with us, since our criteria for selecting candidates to attend our Placement Schemes remain the same year on year, if you have been unsuccessful one year, it would be unlikely that you would be successful a following year unless your profile has improved considerably since your last application. If so, and you would like to reapply, you should highlight why your profile has changed in any new application and covering letter.
Q. Do you offer your trainees overseas placements or the chance to work abroad?
A. Lawyers in our London office work with lawyers and clients all over the world so opportunities for travel (and placements/secondments) abroad will arise on specific transactions and/or to meet international clients and colleagues.
A. The SQE is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, a new route to becoming a qualified lawyer. This will be introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) from September 2021 at the earliest. At this stage, we (and other firms) are waiting for the SRA to clarify the SQE assessments and timings. Once the SQE is in place we will continue to offer the best possible training and support to prepare our trainees for work at the Firm.
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contact data (including name, university and home addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers);
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Some of this personal data may be sensitive data. We will process sensitive data where the processing is necessary for the purposes of our carrying out our recruitment and for meeting our health and safety obligations to you.
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