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For training contracts commencing September 2024, apply for our 2021/22 placement schemes via our online application system between 1 October 2021 and 7 January 2022. Please note, we recruit on a rolling basis and cannot guarantee availability, so apply early rather than against final deadlines.
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 our trainees from the pool of placement candidates who visit our offices on two-week placement schemes during the winter, spring and summer holidays.
All our schemes are open to all (not just law) final-year students, graduates and postgraduates as well as career changers. They are also open to students in their penultimate year of a qualifying English/Welsh law degree.
We advise those interested in our firm to meet our lawyers at one of our events. You can ask our lawyers about their experiences of our global law firm and learn more about our rare and distinctive non-rotational system of training to see whether it's likely to suit you before you apply. Details of our 2021 events are on our website and you can sign up from September 2021.
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Method of assessment
- Partner interview
Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 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. Our 200 London-based lawyers (including around 60 partners and 30 trainees) collaborate with their colleagues from Jones Day practices and offices across the globe to guide clients through their toughest challenges.
In London's critical financial centre, our lawyers are perfectly placed to address the most demanding and complex global 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. Additional specialist areas include business restructuring; competition/antitrust; corporate criminal investigations; corporate tax planning; employment and pensions; energy; intellectual property; and projects and infrastructure.
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: nearly half 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. 50% of our current trainees are non-law graduates and 30% were graduates or postgraduates when they applied to us.
The format of the placement scheme mirrors our rare and distinctive training system and provides an opportunity to see how it works in practice. You will seek and receive work across all our practice areas at the same time and may well have opportunities to attend client meetings or conference calls as well as court hearings and training seminars. You will be responsible for managing your own workload and are encouraged to take part in the various social and sporting events on offer during the scheme. Meet our trainees and lawyers at one of our events before you apply. You will discover more about the work you will do and how we train to see if the Jones Day way might suit you, and you will learn more about our application process too. All are welcome to attend our events, whatever your year of study and degree discipline.
Final-year student, graduate and postgraduate vacation opportunities
Two-week placement schemes in each of the winter, spring and summer vacations as advertised on our website. Total of 70 places. Allowance: £500 per week. Apply online via our online application system as soon as possible after applications open on 1 October 2021 as we recruit on a rolling basis so cannot guarantee availability. Final closing date for our 2021/22 placement scheme applications is 7 January 2022.
Penultimate-year law student vacation opportunities
You are also eligible to apply for any of our two-week placement schemes if (after this year) you still have one more year to complete of a qualifying English/Welsh law degree.
The firm operates a rare and distinctive, non-rotational system of training designed to provide early responsibility, faster development of potential and the opportunity to compare and contrast different disciplines alongside one another.
From the beginning, you are encouraged to assume your own workload and to seek and receive work across our practice areas at the same time. Because you won't move to a different department every four or six months (as would happen in a traditional, rotational system) you won't miss the end of deals or trials you have been working on and can see them through to completion. Under our system, you do not 'belong' to one partner or practice. You can take work from any practice at any time and work with any of our lawyers, which means you have the flexibility to gain experience in a range of practice areas and from a wide range of colleagues. You also discover with whom you work best.
Work will vary from small cases which you may handle alone (under the supervision of a senior lawyer) to matters where you 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 15 trainee solicitors each year mainly from our placement scheme candidates.
Law School fees paid, plus £10,000 maintenance grant per year of study.
- Global disputes
- Cross-border M&A
- Capital markets
- Private equity
- Investment funds
- Structured finance
- Banking & finance
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Commercial property
- Intellectual property
- Employment & pensions
- Commercial contracts
- Financial regulation
- Corporate criminal investigations
- Projects & infrastructure
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Phone: 020 7039 5959
Email: [email protected]
|Number of work placements:||70|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Start salary:||£52,000 (2021)|
|Sponsorship:||GDL/LPC plus £10,000 maintenance grant|
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