“I enjoyed the challenge of quickly learning about areas of law that I previously hadn't studied, and then attempting a task from that practice. It was a really rewarding experience, and I have had the opportunity to practice skills required of a trainee at Jones Day.”
“I appreciated being able to speak to lawyers from different practice areas and learn more about what their day to day work life was like. This gave me a good sense of the people that work at Jones Day.”
A Placement Scheme is your opportunity to spend some serious time interviewing us; and our opportunity to get to know you. Our placements in the Winter, Spring and Summer vacations replicate our Training Contract as much as possible and have an emphasis on trainee work. The experience is challenging, but gives you a real insight into life at our Firm.
We recruit nearly all our trainees from our Placement Schemes. If you enjoy your time on placement with us, and we see your potential, it's the way to secure a Training Contract and your future with us.
What to Expect on the Scheme
If it is not possible for us to run a scheme at our offices because of the restrictions and government guidelines around COVID-19, the scheme will take place online for the reduced period of one-week.
All of our schemes, whether virtual or in-person, are designed to give you an insight into working at our Firm and are the assessment process for our Training Contract vacancies. Our virtual schemes have been tailored to provide a realistic view of a working week of a trainee and an introduction to the Firm.
What to expect on a Virtual Scheme
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 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.
An application for a 2020/2021 Placement Scheme is also an application for a Training Contract commencing September 2023 - as we expect to recruit all of our trainees from our pool of scheme candidates.
When applying, you can list your first and second choice of scheme. If a scheme is full, you will automatically be considered for a place on a scheme at a later point in the year.
Winter: 7 - 11 or 14 - 18 December 2020 (Virtual Scheme) (Deadline 30 October 2020)
Spring Scheme: 12 - 16 April 2021 (Deadline 8 January 2021)
Summer Schemes: 5 - 16 July 2021 (scheme 1) and 19 - 30 July 2021 (scheme 2) (Deadline 8 January 2021)
“I found the vacation scheme at Jones Day to be invaluable in giving me a taste of not only real work, but a realistic idea of what life as a trainee at Jones Day is like. Given the non-rotational structure of the training contract, it is an essential experience to see if the rather unique structure works for you. I was given tasks that contributed to live, ongoing work at the Firm which made me feel immediately involved and showed me that they truly value the input of those on the vacation scheme. This approach mirrors how trainees are treated; our work contribution matters and feeds directly to the client. It’s a great feeling as a junior lawyer!” First-year Trainee, London