Jones Day

The Legal Cheek View

Jones Day is probably best known among students for a culture that sees its young lawyers given plenty of responsibility. A quirky training contract system sees trainees float between departments, with the onus on them to approach partners to ask for work. Some love it, others find it too much.

Many of the Jones Day rookies who responded to the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey don’t rate the set up: hence the firm's disappointing 'C' grade for training. A few, though, relish the model, with one telling us: “The non-rotational system allows you to get more well-rounded training than you would receive in a seat system. For example, CP checklists on a real estate finance transaction are far easier if you have done property work before (which you inevitably will have done).”

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Key Info

Training contracts 20
Latest trainee retention rate 68%
Offices 44
Countries 19
Minimum A-level requirement AAA
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
C
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
A
Office
A
Canteen
B
Social life
A*
Chances of secondment abroad
A

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:04am
Average leave time 8:08pm
Annual target hours 1,600
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £45,000
Second year trainee salary £50,000
Newly qualified salary £85,000
Profit per equity partner Undisclosed
GDL grant £9,000
LPC grant £9,000

Diversity

UK female associates 55%
UK female partners 20%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

Universities Current Trainees Attended