Employer profile

Norton Rose Fulbright

Updated: November, 2021

About Norton Rose Fulbright

We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3,700 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

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; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

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.

Main areas of work

Our London office delivers domestic and multi-jurisdictional legal services to corporates, financial institutions, governments and other public sector organisations. We excel across a range of legal practices, including corporate, M&A and securities; banking and finance; dispute resolution and litigation; real estate; antitrust and competition; tax; employment and labour; intellectual property; regulation and investigations; and risk advisory. We also advise on US law, and we have a world leading Islamic finance practice. We are particularly well-known for our focus on industry sectors and are strong in financial institutions, including insurance; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Training opportunities

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 banking and corporate. 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 both our March 2024 and September 2024 intakes, all finalists and graduates of any subject, and penultimate year law students should apply from the 31 May to 11 July, once they have received their final, or 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.

Vacation Schemes

Finding the place you want to start your career is a moment you’ll always remember, and th’t’s exactly the kind of insight we offer on our vacation schemes. The scheme will involve interactive sessions with senior stakeholders, group and individual assessments, engaging workshops, as well as an associate mentor and trainee buddy for the week. There will also be a training contract interview on the last day. Whether your vacation scheme is in person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two, our schemes offer you an unparalleled insight into the life, work and culture of who we are, giving you the chance to see if we are the firm for you.

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 First Step programme. First Step caters to first-year undergraduates of all degree subjects (and second years of a four year course). Whether its virtual or in person , it’s the opportunity to make a first impression, and use our packed schedule of interactive sessions to discover whether law is right for you.

Business & Legal Operations Graduate Scheme

The delivery of legal services is changing. This doesn't just involve the emergence of new technology, it involves the increasingly crucial role played by other technical disciplines in providing more complex and sophisticated client solutions, and optimising our performance as a business.

Our Business and Legal Operations Graduate Scheme is a two year programme encompassing every aspect of the rapid changes currently underway in the delivery of high end legal services. This two year programme will mirror our traditional training contract for new lawyers, but with a focus on different disciplines, including innovation, commercial management, and legal product design. This is an exciting opportunity for those who want to progress and be at the forefront of driving our business strategy in the years to come.

Apprentice Programmes

Have you thought about law? Are you worried about the costs of university or put off by how competitive it is to obtain a job once you graduate? Perhaps you are simply keen to get into the world of work and start building a career. If so, our Apprenticeship Programme might be for you.

We have two Apprentice Programmes; a Solicitor Apprentice Programme in London, after which you will obtain an LLB degree and become a qualified solicitor, and a Paralegal Apprentice Programme based in our Newcastle office, which upon completion you will achieve a Level 3 Apprenticeship Certificate of Higher Education.

Our apprentices will work alongside and learn from some of the brightest minds in their field, helping to solve some of our clients' most complex legal and business problems while learning the academic and practical skills needed to excel as a lawyer. Both programmes start in September 2022, and we are looking for lawyers of the future - enterprising, digitally minded individuals with the intellectual curiosity and aptitude needed to thrive in our legal business.

Application details

Training contract: if you are a finalist or graduate (of any subject), or a penultimate year law student you should apply from 31 May – 11 July 2022.

Vacation schemes: our 2021 Winter Vacation Scheme is for finalists and graduates from law and non-law subjects and will run from 6 to 10 December 2021. Applications will open from 13 September to 31 October 2021 and assessment days will be held in November.

Our 2022 Spring Vacation Scheme is for finalists and graduates (law and non-law). The scheme will run from 4 – 8 April 2022. Applications will open from 4 October to 21 November 2021.

Our 2022 Summer Vacation Schemes are for penultimate-year law and non-law undergraduates. The schemes will run on the following dates:

  • 6 – 10 June 2022
  • 27 June – 1 July 2022

Applications will open from 15 November to 16 January 2022, assessments will be held in February 2022.

First Step: first-year undergraduates and those in the 2nd year of a four year course may apply for our First Step Programme from 1 February to 6 March 2022. Telephone interviews will be held in June 2022 and successful candidates will attend the programme from 18 – 22 July 2022.

Business & Legal Operations Graduate Scheme: if you are a finalist or graduate (of any subject) you can apply from 6 December to 20 January 2022. Assessment centres will be held in March 2022.

Apprentice Programmes: we run two Apprentice programmes; one in London for aspiring Solicitors and one in Newcastle for Paralegals. Both programmes are open for all final year A Level students or school leavers to apply, with applications opening from 4 April – 5 June 2022. Assessment centres will be held in June 2022.

These programmes are not open to candidates who are already studying at university.

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Contact details

+44 (0) 20 7444 2113
3 More London Riverside

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