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Starting Your Journey - Trainee Lawyers

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.

 David Smith Jones Day 

I am often asked at interviews why I have stayed at the Firm for so long (coming up to 25 years). The answer is simple. The people, the opportunities and the rewards – in that order.

The non-rotational training system creates a great atmosphere in the office. You are not limited to working with one team in each practice. You can work with as many partners and associates as time allows. This means that you get to know so many more people and, as a result, the atmosphere is friendly – the training system would not work if it were not.

The office has also always acted for fantastic clients with challenging work and continues to become involved with work which is cutting edge.

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.