Sponsored by BPP

Jones Day MyLocker firm


Vacancies: 20
Trainees: 40
Partners: 70
Staff: 350
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 80
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree plus AAA at A level; (36 for International Baccalaureate)
Start salary: £43,000 (2015)
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC plus £9,000 maintenance grant

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Application details and method of selection

Applications open on 1 September 2015.

Apply online with cover letter via our online application system by 15 January 2016 for September 2018 trainee intake. Please note, we recruit on a rolling basis so early applications are advised.

If you are interested in a training contract at Jones Day, apply for a placement scheme. An application for a placement is also an application for a training contract. We want our trainees to have experienced our distinctive training on a placement first and so expect to recruit very nearly all our trainees from the pool of placement candidates who visit our offices on two-week placement schemes during the winter, spring and summer holidays.

We will not open separate applications for September 2018 training contracts in June/July 2016 as we would expect to complete our recruitment for any remaining 2018 training contract vacancies in our 2016/7 placement season.

Those who are interested in Jones Day are advised to monitor our website and apply for our winter 2015 and spring/summer 2016 placement schemes as soon as possible after applications open on 1 September 2015 as we recruit on a rolling basis and cannot guarantee availability.

All our schemes are open to all (not just law) final-year students, graduates and postgraduates as well as career changers; and our summer placement schemes are also open to penultimate-year law students of a qualifying law degree.

Firm description and career prospects

Jones Day is a truly global law firm - probably the most integrated in the world. Our 2,400 lawyers across 42 locations in major business and finance centres worldwide have vast transactional and contentious experience and are at the forefront of globalisation and the advancement of the rule of law.

Our strengths in London reflect the firm's rich heritage in cross-border M&A and international disputes. Our 230 lawyers, including some 70 partners and 40 trainees, have a sophisticated understanding of risk and draw on specialist insights and skills from across the globe to guide clients through their toughest legal and regulatory challenges and most significant corporate-life events.

Located in the heart of London's legal and financial centre (which remains a magnet for multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes) our London office is well positioned to advise on the most demanding and complex global and local matters: including cross-border M&A, real estate and finance transactions (including banking, capital markets, investment funds, private equity, and structured finance), global disputes, and regulatory matters involving the UK, US, and other authorities. We also have teams of lawyers experienced in business restructuring, competition/antitrust, corporate tax planning, employment & pensions, energy, intellectual property, and projects & infrastructure.

We are looking to recruit resourceful and motivated people who are committed to a legal career, want to be challenged working on global deals, and have strong academic ability and communication skills. We are also looking for potential partners of the future, not just candidates who will qualify with us: 40% of our London partners trained with the firm.


GDL and LPC fees paid and £9,000 maintenance.

Jones Day offers its sponsored students the fast track LPC at BPP law school in London from mid-August to mid-March each year. The full year's maintenance grant remains unchanged at £9,000. Students will have the opportunity to take a five-month gap between concluding their LPC and commencing their training contract at Jones Day in early September.

As from September 2015, Jones Day has decided to further invest in its future trainees' learning by integrating (and teaching face-to face) the Business (Finance) module from BPP's (LPC with Business) masters programme into its fast track LPC. This is in order to give more business context to the LPC and prepare its trainees better for work.

Work placements

The format of the placement scheme mirrors our unique training system and provides an opportunity to see how it works in practice. Students receive work simultaneously from all practice areas in the firm and there will be opportunities to attend client meetings and trainee solicitor seminars. Students are responsible for managing their own workload and are also encouraged to take part in the various social and sporting events.

Final-year student, graduate and postgraduate vacation opportunities

One period of two weeks in winter vacation; one period of two weeks in spring vacation; two periods of two weeks in summer vacation. Total of 80 places. Allowance: £400 per week. Apply online via our online application system as soon as possible after applications open on 1 September 2015 as we recruit on a rolling basis so cannot guarantee availability. Final closing dates: 30 October 2015 (winter); 18 December 2015 (spring); 15 January 2016 (summer).

Penultimate-year law student vacation opportunities

Two periods of two weeks in summer vacation. Total of 40 places. Allowance: £400 per week. Apply online via our online application system as soon as possible after applications open on 1 September 2015 as we recruit on a rolling basis so cannot guarantee availability. Final closing date: 15 January 2016 (summer).

Training contract programme

The firm operates a unique, non-rotational system of training which is designed to provide freedom, flexibility and responsibility from the start. Our trainees work across different practice areas simultaneously and are encouraged to assume their own workload, which allows for early responsibility, faster development of potential and the opportunity to compare and contrast different disciplines alongside one another. Because our trainees do not move to a different practice area every six months (as would happen in the traditional, rotational system) they don't miss the end of deals or trials on which they have worked. Under our system, trainees do not "belong" to one partner or practice. Trainees can take work from any practice at any time and work with any of our lawyers, which means they have the flexibility to gain experience in a range of practice areas and from a wide range of colleagues. They also discover with whom they work best.

Work will vary from small cases which trainees may handle alone (under the supervision of a senior lawyer) to matters where they will assist a partner or associate solicitor. A partner mentor provides the first port of call for each trainee at all times. In addition, practice area checklists and regular appraisals with the training partner provide structured supervision over and above informal everyday contact.

Jones Day has a policy of paying competitive salaries to its trainees. Other benefits include private healthcare, personal pension, season ticket loan and group life cover. Assistance is also provided through law school. We recruit approximately 20 trainee solicitors each year from our placement scheme candidates.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial

Work areas



Probono initiatives

African Prisons Project, Amicus, City Year, Free Representation Unit, LawWorks, Lawyers Without Borders, Reprieve, Royal Academy, Waterloo Legal Advice Clinic

Diversity access schemes

Black Solicitors' Network, Pathways to Law, SEO London


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Josh Dangerfield

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My first six months at Jones Day have flown by. I have been given huge amounts of responsibility, high quality work and I am intellectually challenged on a daily basis.

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Luke Johnson

University of Warwick
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In my first six months as a trainee, I was lucky enough to be involved in work spanning eight different departments, and ranging from the division and sale of an insolvent company, to a dawn raid on a leading pharmaceuticals company and a securitisation incorporating 11 different jurisdictions.

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Vacation Scheme Insider

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Saoirse O’Reilly

Saoirse O’Reilly studied law at Trinity College Dublin. She completed a vacation scheme at Jones Day in Spring 2015.

  • When: Spring 2015
  • Subject: Law
  • University: Trinity College Dublin

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