Qualification

Your Route to Qualification

Your Route To Qualification

 The diagram above shows the key stops on your route to qualification no matter what your background is.

Early University Years

  • Enjoy your early years as you transition from school to University.
  • Research your options and attend law fairs and careers events.
  • Specifically, come and meet our lawyers to hear more about our distinct Training Contract at our "Question Times" on University campuses and at our offices.

Penultimate Year University and Beyond

  • If you want to train at Jones Day, apply for a Placement Scheme in the Winter, Spring and Summer holidays. A Placement Scheme application is also a Training Contract application.
  • The earliest you can apply is in your penultimate year undertaking a qualifying law degree. But we also welcome applications from students in their final year, graduates, postgraduates and those considering a change of career.

Attend Placement Scheme

  • If you are successful in your application and attend our Placement Scheme, we guarantee you a Training Contract interview while on the scheme.

Attend Sponsored PGDL course at BPP Law School

  • Assuming your application is successful and you are a non-law graduate who has not yet commenced this course, you will start your Postgraduate Diploma in Law course.

Attend Sponsored LPC Course at BPP Law School

  • Assuming your application is successful and you are a law graduate who has not yet commenced this course, you will start your Fast Track - LPC course.

Commence 2 Year Training Contract

  • Assuming you pass the Fast Track - LPC, your new journey on your Training Contract with us will begin in earnest.

Admission as Qualified Solicitor

  • We aim to retain all our trainees on expiry of the two year Training Contract and on qualification as a solicitor.
  • So, if performance has been good and there are vacancies in the practice area in which you wish to qualify, you will begin your future career with us as a fully fledged solicitor.
  • 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.
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