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- Applications to: Ms Diana Spoudeas
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2019: 13/01/2017 Winter work placement: 28/10/2016 Spring work placement: 16/12/2016 Summer work placement: 13/01/2017
Training at Jones Day is unique - trainees are not assigned to a series of seats, but are instead encouraged to seek work wherever they see fit, making the process of gravitating to a final area of specialisation more independent and flexible. Read on to learn more about how training at Jones Day works from current trainee, Alex Hatvany.
Leonie Ghirardi studied law at the University of Reading. She completed a vacation scheme at Jones Day in Spring 2016.
Having freedom to experience as many legal areas as I want to explore, in six months I have worked with corporate, employment and real estate teams on substantive deals and completed discrete tasks for a host of other practice areas.
I've worked in almost every practice area, and been impressed by the levels of responsibility and client contact partners and associates assign to trainees. Training non-rotationally, I engaged in multiple aspects of the same transaction from different practice area perspectives.
|Number of work placements:||72|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree plus AAA at A level; (36 for International Baccalaureate)|
|Start salary:||£45,000 (2016)|
|Sponsorship:||GDL/LPC plus £9,000 maintenance grant|
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Application details and method of selection
Applications open on 1 September and close mid-January every year.
We are closed for training contracts commencing September 2018. For training contracts commencing September 2019 (and any vacancies for training contracts commencing September 2018 we may still have available), apply online with cover letter via our online application system by 13 January 2017. 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 2019 training contracts in June/July 2017 as we would expect to complete our recruitment for any remaining 2019 training contract vacancies in our 2017/8 placement season.
Those who are interested in Jones Day are advised to monitor our website and apply for our winter 2016 and spring/summer 2017 placement schemes as soon as possible after applications open on 1 September 2016 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 2,500 lawyers across 44 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 220 lawyers, including some 60 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 criminal investigations, 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 intellectual and analytical ability as well as strong communication skills. We are also looking for potential partners of the future, not just candidates who will qualify with us: nearly half 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 end Februrary each year. The full year's maintenance grant remains unchanged at £9,000. Students will have the opportunity to take a six-month gap between concluding their LPC and commencing their training contract at Jones Day in early September.
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 72 places. Allowance: £400 per week. Apply online via our online application system as soon as possible after applications open on 1 September 2016 as we recruit on a rolling basis so cannot guarantee availability. Final closing dates: 28 October 2016 (winter); 16 December 2016 (spring); 13 January 2017 (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 2016 as we recruit on a rolling basis so cannot guarantee availability. Final closing date: 13 January 2017 (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, life assurance, season ticket loan, and ride to work cycle scheme. Assistance is also provided through law school. We recruit approximately 20 trainee solicitors each year mainly from our placement scheme candidates.
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