Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)
If you secure a Training Contract with us prior to starting law school, we will pay your course fees and provide you with a maintenance grant as well.
The PGDL is a one-year course (if studied full-time) that all non-law and overseas graduates are required to complete successfully before starting the vocational stage of training. It may be possible for students to claim a full or partial exemption from the PGDL if they have passed corresponding subjects within a degree programme.
If you have completed a law degree in an international jurisdiction that is not recognised as a qualifying law degree by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority you, too, will need to complete the PGDL. This will include those studying law in Scotland and Ireland who have not studied English Land Law during their degree.
Legal Practice Course (LPC)
If you secure a Training Contract with us prior to completing the LPC, you will study the Fast Track LPC at BPP Law School in an exclusive Jones Day class. This compressed, full time, 6.5 month course (from mid-August to end-February each year) leaves you 6 months before you start your Training Contract with us in September to spend as you wish. We will pay your course fees and provide you with a maintenance grant as well.
Because you will be in an exclusive Jones Day class, you will progress quickly and develop strong bonds with your new colleagues, building friendships that will serve you well when you join us as trainees.
In addition to the compulsory subjects, students must study three elective subjects. Jones Day requires its sponsored students to opt for the following LPC electives: Private Acquisitions; Corporate Finance; Commercial Law and Intellectual Property.
Things are changing
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.