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How To Apply



An application for a 2021/2022 Placement Scheme is also an application for a Training Contract commencing September 2024 – as we expect to recruit all of our trainees from our pool of scheme candidates. We do not offer a direct training contract application route. This is because we believe it is essential for candidates to understand and experience our distinctive training contract structure.

Any final year students, graduates, postgraduates and career changers from law or non-law backgrounds can apply for any scheme. Penultimate year students of qualifying law degrees can also apply for any scheme.

You need a 2.1 degree (gained or predicted). We do not have minimum school grade requirements. We have integrated Rare's contextual recruitment system into our recruitment process to better understand an applicant’s potential in the context in which their experiences have been gained (including in the context of their school's average student attainment) in order to hire from the widest talent possible. There is also opportunity to tell us any mitigating circumstances on the application form that have led to lower than expected performance.

Other students including first years: please meet us at one of our events, enjoy your early years at University, and apply when eligible.

Applications open on 1 October.

We recruit on a rolling basis so please be aware of our application windows and apply as soon as possible after applications open to avoid disappointment.

When applying, you can list your first and second choice of scheme. If a scheme if full, you will automatically be considered for a place on a later scheme.

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The Application Process

Stage 1 - Register and apply

You must register through our web page to apply for any position within Jones Day. 

Before you start your application, we will ask you some questions to ensure (a) you are eligible to apply for our Placement Schemes and Training Contract and (b) we can assess your application accurately and fairly in the context of your educational and personal circumstances. 

After the pre-screen stage, we will ask you to register your personal details, complete the online application form, and include a cover letter and referee details.

Stage 2 - Application reviewed by Graduate Recruitment Manager

Once you submit your application, we will acknowledge its receipt immediately by e-mail. Your application will then be screened and a decision will be made about whether to invite you to interview.

Stage 3 - Academic reference requested

We will probably request an academic reference to help us to make a decision as to whether to invite you to interview. We ask that referees respond within 10 days and it helps if you ensure your referee is available.

Stage 4 - Interview

If successful, you will be invited to an interview with two senior lawyers, which will take place in person or online between October and March. All interviews, whether in-person or online, are an opportunity for you to express your genuine interest in a legal career, why you believe Jones Day is the firm for you and more generally your interests and motivations. Our interviewers are keen to hear all about you. You will also have the opportunity to have a chat with a trainee beforehand. We do not give assessment exercises or written tests to any of our candidates.

Stage 5 - Placement Scheme offer

If successful at interview, you will be invited to join one of our Placement Schemes which will form the assessment for a Training Contract position. Of course, your approach to our work tasks is an important part of the assessment, but we will also be assessing your general effectiveness on the scheme, from communicating with our lawyers to working with the other scheme candidates. We ultimately want to see whether you would be suited to our distinctive training system.

Stage 6 - Training Contract offer

Candidates from each scheme will be selected for a Training Contract offer. We have to make some difficult decisions as the standard on all of our schemes is very high and we recruit in small numbers. Regardless of the outcome, our scheme will provide you with a unique insight into life at a global law firm which will enhance your CV.

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