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It doesn't matter to us whether you are a graduate, postgraduate, or coming from a different career, which University you went to, or whether you read law or not at University. We seek the best and recruit to retain.

Academic achievements are important: we expect at least a 2:1 University degree. But we are equally as interested in the person you are and the lawyer you can become.

We want our trainees to have understood and enjoy our distinctive, non-rotational training system, the global nature of our work and our culture.

We treat you as part of the Firm from the moment you accept a Training Contract offer with us and will stay in touch and support you through Law School until you arrive at the office on your first day as a trainee.

This is your invitation to begin shaping your career at our unique international law firm. 

A word from our partner in charge of Graduate Recruitment.

  

I am often asked why I chose this Firm for my training over 13 years ago and why I have stayed throughout my professional career. Without doubt what first attracted me was the flexibility of the non-rotational training system. Back then, I had no idea what area of law I wanted to specialize in, so a training contract which gave me the flexibility to work across departments on several matters at the same time and see them through to the end was a fantastic opportunity.

Once here, I found that the non-rotational training system creates a great atmosphere in the office. If partners and associates rely on trainees “walking the floors” to hand out work, they keep their doors open, value trainees’ contributions and personally invest in them. As a result, you feel the atmosphere is collegiate – the training system would not work if it were not.

The office has also always had, and continues to be involved in, high quality, challenging work. Since my first day as a trainee, I’ve felt privileged to work on complex transactions for global clients across multiple jurisdictions.

The practice of law is a profession, not just a business, and Jones Day is a legal institution which places client service ahead of anything else; but it is still a meritocracy where people are rewarded well if they work hard and pull together to improve the overall performance of the Firm worldwide.