Vacation Schemes

Vacation Schemes

A Placement Scheme is your opportunity to spend some serious time interviewing us; and our opportunity to get to know you. Our two-week placements in the Winter, Spring and Summer vacations involve real work. The experience is challenging, supportive, different and exciting. We recruit nearly all our trainees from our Placement Schemes. If you enjoy your time on placement with us, and we like what we see of you, it's the way to secure a Training Contract and your future with us.

Our Placement Schemes   
We want you to have an honest insight into what it's like to be a trainee with us and 
whether our distinct Training Contract will suit you. So our Placement Scheme operates like a mini Training Contract.

What to Expect on the Scheme               

  • Real work - research, drafting, preparing documents, attending client meetings and conference calls, visiting court - not just a series of workshops and seminars.
  • Flexibility to seek out work from any department at any time and from any lawyer so you can experience a wide range of practices and meet many lawyers in the Firm.
  • A trainee mentor and a more senior associate mentor to answer your questions, offer advice and guidance, and help you settle in.
  • Several opportunities to come to know people in the Firm on a social level as we organise lunches, dinner, drinks, and sporting events.
  • A Mid Scheme Review Meeting with senior lawyers to get feedback for the work you have completed so far and guidance on how to make the most of the rest of your scheme.           


Your Benefits

You will:

  • Gain invaluable "real life" legal experience, and an allowance of £500 per week.
  • Go away with a clear picture of what being a Jones Day lawyer will be like, how our training system works, and whether it is for you.


Am I Eligible? Which Scheme?

You need a 2.1 degree (gained or predicted). *

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.

Other students: please meet us at one of our Law Fairs or Question Time events, enjoy your early years at University, and apply when eligible.

*Note: 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.

When Should I Apply?

Applications open on 1 October. We fill our schemes on a rolling basis and will close when we are full, so do not wait for the deadline.

2020/21 Vacation Scheme Dates & Deadlines

Winter: 7 – 18 December 2020 (deadline 30 October 2020)

Spring: 12 – 23 April 2021 (deadline 27 November 2020)

Summer: 5 – 16 July 2021

Summer: 19 – 30 July 2021 (deadline 8 January 2021)


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