Introduction to commercial awareness - Jones Day x Commercial Law Academy


Thursday, October 5, 2023


05:00 PM Europe/London

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A detailed introduction to commercial awareness, delivered by current Jones Day associate Sherif Saad and ex-Magic Circle lawyer Jake Schogger. 

In particular, we'll be covering...

  • What is “commercial awareness”?
  • Why is it important for lawyers?
  • Why is it important for applicants?
  • How does it come up in interviews?
  • How can you demonstrate it?
  • Sources to help you build commercial awareness

The panel will also be on hand to give personal anecdotes about their experiences of commercial awareness, and to answer your employability-related questions.

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Jones Day

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Jones Day has a history of 130 years and a culture of client service and professionalism based on explicit shared values. These values include providing pro bono legal services, building diversity in our profession, and supporting outreach efforts around the world.

Jones Day has a long history of, and commitment to, pro bono work, public service, and community involvement in all of our locations around the world. Because of that commitment, pro bono and public service matters undertaken by Jones Day are provided the same level of attention and professional dedication that we provide to matters undertaken on behalf of paying clients.

At Jones Day you’ll see lawyers from diverse backgrounds leading client engagements, practice groups, and offices around the world. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and advancing highly qualified diverse lawyers and have set priorities in entry level recruitment, lateral recruitment, development and retention of minority and female lawyers, and diversity mentoring, training and awareness.

Sherif Saad

Sherif Saad is an associate in the Global Disputes practice at Jones Day. Sherif practices commercial dispute resolution involving complex litigation, international arbitration, and internal investigations, often entailing a multijurisdictional dimension. He has experience acting for multinational corporations, states, and high net worth individuals.

Sherif spent a year working in Jones Day's Dubai Office, where he gained experience acting for private companies and state-owned entities, including representing a construction joint venture in a multimillion-dollar dispute with its consortium member in relation to a power plant project in the Middle East. He also worked on several other high-value arbitrations under the ICC and DIFC-LCIA Rules of Arbitration.

Sherif has acted as an associate manager for the Firm's Fintech Working Group.

Prior to joining the Firm, Sherif worked on global due diligence projects for a number of FTSE 100 companies, focusing on legal and tax compliance in over 100 countries.

Sherif studied his undergraduate law degree (2017) and LPC (2018) at The University of Sheffield before completing his training contract at Jones Day.

Commercial Law Academy

www.CommercialLaw.Academy is a comprehensive e-learning platform for aspiring commercial lawyers, complete with hundreds of practical videos and articles, interactive quizzes, downloadable e-guides and exclusive guidance from industry experts and qualified lawyers.

We offer courses covering: writing successful applications, researching law firms, psychometric tests, networking/LinkedIn, preparing for assessment centres, practical commercial awareness, example case studies, current affairs, the business of law firms, negotiation, writing professionally, presenting and managing nerves, running a business, resilience and more.

Membership gives you instant access to:
- 22 in-depth courses covering every aspect of the recruitment process.
- 50+ detailed, consistently-structured firm profiles for Magic Circle, Silver Circle, US and regional firms, plus in-house teams, covering a range of key differentiators.
- 75+ comprehensive assessment centre insights for City firms.
- Dozens of recent (verified) successful applications.

14 example commercial and legal interview case studies, based on real City law firm interviews.
Monthly subscriber-only webinars.


Jake Schogger

Jake Schogger is a qualified lawyer, best-selling author, career coach, entrepreneur, copywriter and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of City Career Series, a publishing company that has sold ~50,000 handbooks designed to help students secure City careers, including the best-selling Training Contract Handbook and critically acclaimed Commercial Law Handbook.

He also founded the Commercial Law Academy, a comprehensive e-learning platform for aspiring commercial lawyers, complete with hundreds of videos, articles, interactive quizzes, flow charts and downloadable e-guides.

He trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and now acts as a legal adviser to start-ups and scale-ups, whilst also working as a career coach and delivering career-related presentations at universities across the UK. He also works with technology start-ups and runs a variety of his own businesses, including a creative/commercial consultancy.

For more information, visit www.commerciallaw.academy, join Jake’s commercial law applicants LinkedIn group (www.linkedin.com/groups/8944518) and connect with Jake on www.linkedin.com/in/jakeschogger/in/jakeschogger.