Jones Day London FAQs


Q. How many people do you recruit as trainees each year?
A. Approximately 15 - 20 each September.

Q. What proportion of your annual trainee intake do not have a law degree?
A. Approximately 60%.
Q. What proportion of your annual trainee intake were graduates, postgraduates, or career changers when they applied for the position? 
A. Approximately 30%.
Q. Will I be at a disadvantage if I attend a Virtual Scheme?
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 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.
Q. Do you offer opportunities for first year degree students?
A. Please come and meet us at one of our Events/Question Times at your University or at our London office. We do not offer work placement opportunities or insight days to students in their early years at University.
Q. Will it benefit me if I apply before the application deadline?
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.
Q. What qualities, achievements and traits do successful candidates display?
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. The first interview to attend one of our Placement Schemes will be with two senior lawyers and will last approximately 40 minutes. The interviewers will be assessing candidates against the competencies that are essential to be a successful trainee solicitor at Jones Day. Before the interview, all candidates have the chance to meet a trainee who will show them the offices and answer any questions the candidate may have about life at Jones Day. If successful at interview, candidates are invited to join one of our Placement Schemes on which you are guaranteed to be considered for a Training Contract.
Q. Can I re-apply if I have previously been unsuccessful?
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. Which PGDL and LPC providers does Jones Day recommend?
A. Jones Day has appointed BPP Law School as its preferred provider for the PGDL, LPC and PSC (the Professional Skills Course which the Solicitors Regulation Authority requires trainees to undertake during their Training Contract). We believe that BPP's consistent input as our training partner, and the improved level of training this will offer, will enable us to align the LPC to our practice strengths and maximise the efficiency of our internal development programme including the PSC.

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.
Q. What does the SQE and change to the qualification process mean?
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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