Jones Day Launches Jones Day/ESSEC/Paris II Prize

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 14:27

Paris – The global law firm Jones Day is pleased to announce the launch of the second edition of the Jones Day/ESSEC/Paris II Prize, which will be awarded to the best team of business law students in France.

The Prize is organized in partnership with the French business school ESSEC and the University of Panthéon-Assas-Paris II to recognize and reward teamwork, a quality seen as essential not only in the study of law, but also in corporate legal departments and law firms.

More than 200 students from all over France participated in the first competition for the Prize, which was won by Justine Fassion et Antoine Babinet on April 28, 2015.

Competition for the Prize will bring attention to young talents from universities and business schools throughout France. To encourage the participation of students residing outside of Paris, the Prize sponsors will cover their transportation expenses.

Participation in the Prize competition is open to students who meet the following requirements: 

  • Applying as a team of two students, and
  • Master 1 in business law combined with a business school degree or LL.M (ongoing or completed), or
  • Master 2 in business law (ongoing or completed), or
  • Admitted to or currently attending CRFPA (bar exam school)


  • February 1 – February 8, 2016 included: registration and filing of applications
  • March 2016: pre-selection of 12 teams and interviews with Jones Day partners
  • April 2016: selection of four finalist teams
  • April 21, 2016: final examinations at Jones Day’s Paris Office, award ceremony and cocktails at Hôtel de Talleyrand


The two winning teams will win paid internships of 3-6 months at Jones Day and/or in a corporate legal department, cash awards of €5,000 per student of the #1 ranked team and €1,000 per student of the #2 ranked team, as well as a yearly subscription to a French daily newspaper or a weekly financial magazine.

Additional Information

The exams will take place in French and English, and contestants will be required to demonstrate both legal knowledge and an understanding of current international market conditions.

The Prize jury will include general counsel from large companies and banks, professors from the ESSEC School and Paris II University, and Jones Day partners. The 2016 Prize ceremony will be hosted by a leading figure from the world of business, the arts, or science. 

For additional information on the Prize, please read the rules and download the application form

Please send completed application forms via email to PrixJonesDay. If you have questions about the prize and application process, please send an email to the PrixJonesDay address.

About Jones Day

Jones Day is a global law firm with 42 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, FortuneGlobal 500, and FT Global 500.