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Jones Day Career Development

Training and Development

Jones Day recognizes that an associate's development into an exceptional lawyer is a journey that starts the first day and continues throughout a lawyer's career. The Firm provides ongoing professional development and training opportunities to lawyers at every level of practice.

Informal Training

Despite the merits of formalized CLE and other training programs, for most of our lawyers, the best and most effective training comes from daily interactions with their peers. Whether drafting a deal document, taking a deposition, or trying a case, the opportunity to do your best work and receive constructive feedback from a more experienced colleague will teach you to write more concisely, ask questions more clearly, organize a brief more effectively, and make more persuasive arguments.

Formal Training

The Firm also boasts a number of Firmwide training programs, including sessions on accounting for lawyers, fact investigation, client interviews, business development, negotiation skills, oral communications, and legal writing.

Our practices also conduct practice-specific training. Examples of recent programs include labor and employment developments, e-discovery, trial graphics, depositions, expert testimony, and antitrust basics.

In addition, Jones Day maintains a Privileged Membership with the Practicing Law Institute that entitles all our lawyers unlimited access to traditional live training programs, on-demand web programs, and live webcasts, among other benefits.

Mentorship

We recognize that there is no substitute for the direct and sustained involvement of our senior lawyers in assisting more junior lawyers in managing and developing their careers. Towards this end, each office maintains a mentorship program. In most instances, each Associate is paired with at least two mentors. One who is a more senior Associate and one who is a Partner. The aim is to provide two avenues for the Associate to raise concerns or ask questions and to provide two distinct perspectives to that Associate based upon the experience, practice and perspective of the mentor lawyers.

Annual Reviews

A final component to our development program is the annual review process in which each Associate is given detailed feedback on his or her performance throughout the past year by the senior lawyers who have supervised the Associate’s work. Each supervising lawyer prepares a written evaluation of the Associate, focusing on strengths, weaknesses, and suggested areas for improvement. The evaluations are discussed with the associate at the end of the year and are used in determining compensation for the following year. At this time, specific development opportunities are formulated for the coming year based upon combined input from the supervising lawyers and the Associate.