Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement & Pro Bono
Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement
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 website.
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 are:
- 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.