Employer profile

Norton Rose Fulbright

Updated: October, 2018

About Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal firm. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and legal staff in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; as well as life sciences and healthcare. Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

The firm's client portfolio is testament to its strength and range of expertise, and includes financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. It is a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies, and a market leader across its business divisions – commercial services, corporate, finance and projects, litigation and real estate - as well as in specialist fields such as private capital, and across its chosen sectors: financial services, government, energy and infrastructure, retail and consumer and real estate.

Training contract

There’s no progress more vital than what you’ll experience on our training contracts. Over two years – broken into four six-month seats – you’ll hit all kinds of new firsts with us, big and small. You’ll explore new areas, for instance. Each seat will take you through different sectors and practice areas, with at least one seat in each of corporate, banking and litigation. One of your seats will almost certainly be on secondment too – your first encounter with working in a new country, or maybe six months spent working in a client office. As you move from one milestone to the next, you’ll have a sizeable team at your back. A partner mentor to turn to and to learn from. A trainee buddy to teach you the ropes. And the whole trainee development team, to keep you on track from day to day.

An impeccable academic record and intellectual rigour are prerequisites. We expect successful candidates to have at least AAB at A level (or equivalent) and be on track for a 2:1 (or equivalent).

You’ll have an enquiring mind, strong interpersonal skills, and the motivation to make constant progress. You’ll never stop pushing yourself forward, grasping every opportunity – both at home and abroad – that our firm has to offer. You’ll be interested in business too, and keen to build relationships within a firm that’ll help you make progress with purpose.

We offer up to 45 training contracts each year across two intakes. For the March 2021 and September 2021 intakes finalists and graduates law and non-law should apply from 1 October 2018 to 13 January 2019. Penultimate year law students should apply from 1 June 2019 – 14 July 2019 once they have received their second year grades.

At Norton Rose Fulbright we look for intelligent, ambitious, internationally focused and commercially-minded individuals to drive our business. We will expect you to think creatively and find new ways to solve problems. We expect our trainees to deliver work that meets the highest professional, ethical and business standards for our clients. All applicants must have achieved at least AAB in their A levels or equivalent and be on course to achieve (or to have achieved already) a 2.1 degree or above.


Our mentoring scheme will help you make the most of the incredible depth of knowledge and experience across the organisation. Your mentor will offer you everything from career insights to resolving any concerns you may have.

Working together

We pride ourselves on our supportive culture that thrives on collaboration and encourages networking with your trainee colleagues, lawyers and partners. You will also help to choose - or become - one of two trainee representatives. These meet once a quarter to provide feedback, raise concerns and generate ideas to ensure your training contract is a rewarding experience.

Your development

When we hire you, we are making an investment. We ensure we all get the maximum return on this by providing the highest standards of training. Becoming an outstanding lawyer is about continuous development - we will make sure you are challenged and rewarded in equal measure.

If you are a finalist or graduate you should apply from 1 October 2018 to 13 January 2019.
If you are a Penultimate-year law student you should apply from 1 June to 14 July 2019

Vacation schemes

Finding the place you want to spend your career is a moment you’ll always remember, and that’s exactly the kind of insight we offer on our vacation schemes. Whether you’re with us for one week or two, we pack a lot into these three schemes. You’ll do real work, for real clients. You’ll network with colleagues. You’ll present group projects on legal issues. It’s a lot of new ground to cover, but if you want to understand what it’s really like to work here, nothing else comes close. Pay for the week is £360, and on top of that, you’ll leave us knowing for sure that you’re on the right path.

Our 2018 winter vacation scheme is for finalists and graduates from law and non-law subjects and will run from 10 December to 18 December 2018. Applications will open from 1 October to 31 October 2018 and assessment days will be held in mid-November.

Our 2019 spring vacation scheme is for finalists and graduates (law and non-law). The scheme will run on 8 April to 16 April 2019. Applications will open from 1 October to 13 January 2019.Our 2019 summer vacation schemes are for penultimate-year law undergraduates. The schemes will run on the following dates:

Scheme 1 dates: 10 – 21 June 2019

Scheme 2 dates: 1 – 12 July 2019

Applications will open from 1 October 2018 and close on 31 January 2019, and we will be holding assessment days in January/February 2019.

Open days and first-year opportunities

Everyone remembers the first day they walked through the doors of their future firm. For many of our lawyers, that happens on our open days and first step programmes. First step caters to first-year undergraduates, while our open days are designed for undergraduates, graduates and career changers of all degree subjects. Either way, it’s the opportunity to step through our doors, make a first impression, and use our packed schedule of interactive sessions to discover whether law is right for you.

To apply for one of our open days, you will need to complete our application form. Please visit our graduate website for details on our application dates and deadlines.

First-year undergraduates may apply for our first step programme from 1 October to 31 January 2019. Assessment days will be held in March 2019 and successful candidates will attend the programme from 22-26 July 2019.

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Contact details

+44 (0) 20 7444 2113
3 More London Riverside
  • Times Top 100 Graduate Employer

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