New Lawyers Group
New Lawyers Group
At Jones Day, we believe that great lawyering begins with each individual's careful decision about what type of lawyer he or she wants to be. That's why we give our new lawyers time—about a year—to explore and decide on a practice focus.
For more than three decades, Jones Day’s New Lawyers Group ("NLG") has provided our new lawyers in their first year with exposure to a variety of practices, lawyering styles, and training and development opportunities. We allow our associates—working together with the Firm—to discover their best fit and passion for a practice area, and become a better and more well-rounded lawyer in the process. This process greatly benefits our associates, the practices they join, the Firm, and our clients.
All lawyers joining our U.S. offices from law school (and many in our offices outside the U.S.) become members of the NLG for about a year (or perhaps longer outside the U.S.) before joining a practice. Judicial clerks also can elect to join the NLG.
If new lawyers arrive at Jones Day focused on a particular area of practice, they can hit the ground running doing assignments with that practice during their first year, consistent with the overall needs of our clients, However, if they seek exposure to a variety of practices, or want to explore a new area, the NLG program provides the flexibility and support to satisfy that curiosity. If a lawyer's interests change in the course of the year, the program is designed to respond to that change.
One or two partners designated as NLG coordinators in each office help solicit and coordinate assignments. The coordinators also help new lawyers network with, and earn their own assignments from, more senior lawyers who do the kind of work they want to do. The coordinators help acclimate new lawyers to the Firm, pair them with mentors, act as advocates and sounding boards, oversee an extensive year-long training program, provide informal feedback, conduct mid-year reviews, and assist with transfers into each of our practices.
One of the high points of the NLG year is the Firm's four-day New Lawyers Academy in Washington, DC. Each fall, new lawyers assemble from our more than 40 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 teach the new lawyers about Jones Day's culture, history, organization, 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.