London Support & Development

Support & Development

Support & Development

We are very careful to monitor the progress of all our trainees and to ensure that each is given the support and training they individually need. We do this in a variety of ways.

On-the-Job Training
Learning by actually doing the work is the best form of training. We expect our trainees to seek out feedback from all senior associates and partners with whom they have worked. 

You will have a dedicated partner mentor. Their role is to support you on a professional and pastoral level while you begin your legal career. You will also be teamed with a fellow (second year) trainee; they will be on hand to guide you through the early stages of your training contract and help you settle into the office.

Seminars & Courses
Our Continuum training programme will see you attend regular (initially twice-weekly) "how-to" seminars delivered by senior lawyers from the different practices which will help you learn the "tools" of our profession. Your ongoing IT and Technology Development Plan will help you keep up to date with technological innovations in the office and allow you to use software to maximum effect. You must also complete the Professional Skills Course, which we fast-track at the commencement of your training contract and deliver at BPP law school in a Jones Day exclusive class.

New Lawyer Academy in Washington
Your induction week at the London office when you start in September is supplemented by a week long trip at the end of October to attend the New Lawyer Academy in Washington, DC. New lawyers assemble from our offices around the world to meet and network with each other and learn what it means to be One Firm Worldwide. Our Firm leaders, partners and associates talk to the new lawyers about Jones Day's culture, history, organisation and achievements and lead substantive and interactive training sessions. Every year our new lawyers take away from the Academy a sense of great pride and excitement about being part of the Firm.

We provide checklists of work to do during your Training Contract in all of our practice areas. A training partner is assigned to each checklist and you will require their sign-off in relation to at least three checklists, one of which must include contentious practice skills. You will meet with a partner every six months to review your checklists. This review gives you an opportunity to talk about your progress and the type of work you want to try next.

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We conduct formal appraisals every six months during the Training Contract. Our appraisal process is competency-based and focuses on the Practice Skills Standards identified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as well as personal effectiveness.

Hear what our trainees have to say about our Support Programme and the collaborative culture.

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