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Our Placement Scheme

Our Placement Scheme - Are You Ready?

A Placement Scheme is your opportunity to spend some serious time interviewing us; and our opportunity to get to know you. Our two-week placements in the Winter, Spring and Summer vacations involve real work. The experience is challenging, supportive, different and exciting. We recruit nearly all our trainees from our Placement Schemes. If you enjoy your time on placement with us, and we like what we see of you, it's the way to secure a Training Contract and your future with us.

Our Placement Schemes   
We want you to have an honest insight into what it's like to be a trainee with us and whether our unique Training Contract will suit you. So our Placement Scheme operates like a mini Training Contract.


What to Expect on the Scheme               

  • Real work - research, drafting, preparing documents, attending client meetings and conference calls, visiting court - not just a series of workshops and seminars.
  • Flexibility to seek out work from any department at any time and from any lawyer so you can experience a wide range of practices and meet many lawyers in the Firm.
  • A trainee mentor and a more senior associate mentor to answer your questions, offer advice and guidance, and help you settle in.
  • Several opportunities to come to know people in the Firm on a social level as we organise lunches, dinner, drinks, and sporting events.
  • A Training Contract interview in the second week of the scheme so you do not have to apply again for a Training Contract.             

Your Benefits

You will:

  • Gain invaluable "real life" legal experience, and an allowance of £500 per week.
  • Go away with a clear picture of what being a Jones Day lawyer will be like, how our training system works, and whether it is for you.

Key Dates

Applications open on 1 September every year. We recruit on a rolling basis, so apply early as we cannot guarantee availability.

All our schemes are open to final year undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and career changes from any degree discipline. Our schemes are also open to penultimate year students of a qualifying law degree.

Our scheme dates are:

Winter: 3-14 December 2018

Spring: 25 March - 5 April 2019

Summer Schemes:

Scheme 1: 1-12 July 2019 

Scheme 2: 15-26 July 2019

Find out how to meet us and try our training on a Placement Scheme.