Support & Development

Support & Development

Law School

If you secure a Training Contract with us prior to starting law school, you will study the PGDL (for non-law graduates) and Fast-Track LPC at BPP Law School. We will pay your course fees and provide a maintenance grant for each academic year.

Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)

Non-law graduates require an extra year of study to obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL).

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)

Before you can start a Training Contract with us, you must have completed the LPC - a vocational course that all future lawyers must complete before they can commence their Training Contract.

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. 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.

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, D.C. 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.

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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