The Non-Rotational Training Contract
Why It's Different
"The Non-Rotational Training system has developed my communication and organisation skills tenfold, and I am confident it has made me into a more mature, experienced and well-rounded lawyer.”
At Jones Day we give our trainees two years' real responsibility. Our non-rotational system means that you influence your own mix of work. Many of our partners trained here. You'll find them easy to approach and eager to work with you. After all, they were you once in your shoes.
How It's Different
Jones Day - Non-rotational system
You can work with any partner or team across all departments throughout your two years of training and sit in an office with another trainee.
Other firms - Traditional rotational system
Training is divided into periods of four or six months, working exclusively for one department at a time then moving on. You belong to one partner or team and sit in an office with a partner or associate.
- See deals and cases from beginning to end.
- Experience a wider range of practice areas.
- Make stronger client bonds, working alongside clients throughout the two years.
- Receive more rounded training, assisting with all aspects of a transaction.
- Learn different styles and techniques from many lawyers.
- Enjoy a seamless transition through to qualification so that your first day as a qualified lawyer feels like your last as a trainee.
- Worry about the lottery of seat allocation.
- Do six months' intensive training in a practice you've decided is not for you.
- "Belong" to one partner or supervisor.
- Drop an interesting case/deal to move onto another seat.
“I have really enjoyed my training contract so far, although it has certainly been a rigorous and challenging experience. I think this is the case for all training contracts at top City firms, but at Jones Day this is even more so the case because we are responsible for directing our own workload. Yet this challenge has also been what I have enjoyed most about training at Jones Day – we are given the responsibility and also the freedom to seek out work in our areas of interest, which means I have not been assigned to a ‘seat’ I don’t enjoy for six months. It has enabled me to sample a wide breadth of work in a range of areas I would not have experienced working at another Firm. It has developed my communication and organisation skills tenfold, and I am confident it has made me into a more mature, experienced and well-rounded lawyer.” Second-year trainee, London