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Jones Day Vacation Schemes 2023/24 & Training Contracts 2026

One Firm Worldwide

As a truly global law firm, Jones Day lawyers enjoy an exciting career, alongside more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices and 18 different jurisdictions. New lawyers have the opportunity to be involved in demanding and complex matters, advising multinational clients encountering globalized challenges. The Firm is distinguished by the seamless collaboration of a true partnership; a singular tradition of client service; and shared professional values.

Non-rotational Training Contract

Our distinctive training contract structure is integral to our culture and success and the benefits are felt at every level. In the absence of a rigid seat-system, trainees have the flexibility to mould their career from the earliest opportunity and enjoy a high level of responsibility. Our trainees are quickly integrated into various teams across the Firm and gain unparalleled exposure to different areas of law. Trainees are never held back by set ‘trainee’ tasks or have to drop an interesting case or deal to move on to another department. This aids strong client bonds and opportunities to assist on all aspects of a transaction.

Vacation Schemes

A two-week vacation scheme is the ideal opportunity to discover whether our distinctive way of training suits you. During a scheme you will work on real, client matters, join group exercises and interactive workshops. The very nature of the scheme also helps to determine your suitability to our distinctive way of training, and each individual is encouraged to really consider whether it is right for them.

Virtual Work Experience

We have teamed up with Forage to create a free, open access programme that will allow you to step into the shoes of a Jones Day, London trainee and try your hand at realistic work, all through the lens of our non-rotational training contract.

You can apply for a Vacation Scheme in 2023/2024 which is also an application for a Training Contract to commence in September 2026.

We recruit 15 - 20 trainees per year, who are selected from the pool of Vacation Scheme candidates.

You can apply for one of our Schemes which take place on the dates below. Please note that each scheme has an application deadline.

WINTER SCHEME (4 December – 15 December 2023)

Applications open: 1 September 2023

Application deadline: 20 October 2023

SPRING SCHEME (8 – 19 April 2024)

Applications open: 1 September 2023

Application deadline: 31 December 2023

SUMMER SCHEME (1 - 12 July 2024)

Applications open: 1 September 2023

Application deadline: 31 January 2024

Salary details

£500 weekly Placement Scheme allowance. Training Contract 1st year – £54,000 2nd year – £63,000 NQ – £145,000

How to apply

We strongly recommend attending one of our events to find out more before submitting any application.

Event details are available on our website 

Apply online from 1 September with a cover letter and CV at

The stages of our recruitment process are outlined below:

  • Application screened by the graduate recruitment team (we may also request an academic reference)
  • Online interview with two senior lawyers
  • In-person Assessment Centre at our London office
  • Vacation Scheme (throughout which candidates will be assessed for Training Contract positions).

All schemes open to final year students, graduates and postgraduates of any degree discipline and penultimate year students of a qualifying law degree.

DEADLINE 31st January 2024